African Union Chair Calls For NATO Intervention In Mali
January 8, 2013
Chairman of African Union calls on NATO to join Mali force
From AFP: African Union chair Thomas Boni Yayi on Tuesday called for Nato troops to join African Union forces in a mission to stabilise Mali following a coup last year.
“Nato should play a part [in Mali], and the African force would lead the way as was done by Nato in Afghanistan,” Yayi, who is also Benin’s president, told a joint press conference with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper…
Harper said only that Ottawa would continue to provide humanitarian aid and work diplomatically with its Nato allies and “friends in Africa” to try to stabilise Mali…
…West African nations have put together a force of some 3,300 troops ready to go to Mali to help rebuild the country’s army and support a military operation, which is not expected to start before September next year.