Saturday, January 19, 2013

African troops must be deployed to Mali as soon as possible

The African intervention force should be deployed as soon as possible in Mali, Malian and French soldiers fighting armed Islamist groups, said on Saturday in Abidjan the French foreign minister Laurent Fabius.

The French operation commenced on January 11 Mali is not intended to replace the action of Misma (International Mission Support in Mali), he said at the opening of a summit on the West African Malian crisis. African force should be deployed as soon as possible, and this is the object of our meeting, he added.

As Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara, President of the Economic Community of West Africa (ECOWAS), he hoped that the political process in Mali know soon progress essential to enable a lasting settlement of the crisis Mali.

It is imperative that the civil authorities all things resume in hand, he stressed, while the former junta of Captain Amadou Sanogo Haya - a time to power after the coup of March 2012 - still very influential in Bamako.

The French minister arrested even directly Dioncounda Traoré, who participates in the summit you are the legitimate president of Mali, recognized by the international community, and as such you are the supreme commander of the Malian armed, and it can not be otherwise .

For resolving the crisis, he advocated term a political agreement between the communities of northern Mali, currently controlled by armed Islamists and authorities in Bamako.

Some 2,000 members of the Misma must be made by 26 January. A hundred soldiers Togo and Nigeria have already arrived in Bamako and thirty Benin en route to join them.

In total, some 5800 soldiers of the African continent must be made in Mali and eventually taking over the French army, which occurs in Mali since January 11 against the Islamist groups.

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