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Algeria warns military intervention would worsen situation in Mali

English.news.cn   2012-11-11 06:02:19            

ALGIERS, Nov. 10 (Xinhua) -- A military intervention in Mali is a useless step in current juncture, as it would only worsen the situation, Kamel Rezzag Bara, an advisor to Algerian President, said on Saturday.

Bara told the local national radio that a peaceful settlement of the Malian crisis is still possible, saying "it's necessary to reach an acceptable agreement to avoid the spill over of the Malian conflict into neighbouring nations."

The official further added that the solution to the crisis in Mali requires helping this violence ridden country "to develop a roadmap in agreement with all parties in Bamako to get out of the political crisis there."

Furthermore, Bara indicated that the international community should distinguish between Tuareg rebels, namely Ansar Dine and the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA), who carry political claims, and terror groups belonging to al-Qaida organization and drug trafficking gangs.

The official further specified that "the vision of Algeria in terms of settling the conflict in Mali is based on its deep awareness of the danger it is exposed to, and this why Algeria has started dealing with the situation in the aftermath of the Libyan crisis."

Algeria is participating on Sunday in the extraordinary summit of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in the Nigerian capital of Abuja, to discuss a military intervention in Mali.

On Wednesday, Special Envoy of the UN Secretary General for the Sahel Region, Romano Prodi, paid a working visit to Algeria, as he discussed the crisis hitting northern Mali with Algerian top officials.

Prodi was quoted by the official APS news agency as saying that the United Nations appreciates any effort to achieve peace in northern Mali, adding that "If there must be a military intervention it would be a last resort."

The United Nations has recently asked the African Union and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to produce a detailed plan for a possible military intervention in northern Mali, where Al-Qaida linked terrorists have been a dominant force since the March 22 military coup.

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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