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FM: Mali's stability important to Europe
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FM: Mali's stability important to Europe

Published: 02 Nov 2012 06:34 GMT+01:00
Updated: 02 Nov 2012 06:34 GMT+01:00

"The stability of Mali is very important to security for us in Europe," Westerwelle said in brief remarks at the Bamako airport.

He announced that Germany would give one million euros to help support the people in the north of Mali as part of a humanitarian effort.

The north of the west African nation has fallen under the control of armed Islamist groups, some linked to Al-Qaeda, in the wake of a coup attempt in Bamako back in March.

The German top diplomat stressed the need for dialogue among Malians to find a solution to the crisis in the north.

"We want a process that regroups all the parties with a political approach oriented to democracy," he said.

During his brief visit to the Malian capital, Westerwelle met with the country's interim President Dioncoundo Traore, and the prime minister and foreign minister of the transitional government.

Mali's premier Cheik Modibo Diarra said in a statement that "Germany would do all it could to prevent Mali from becoming a sanctuary for international terrorism".

The statement cited Westerwelle as saying that Germany was "ready to provide financial means to help Mali overcome the challenges that it is facing."

Westerwelle had said on October 23 that Germany was ready to participate in an international military mission to help the Africans stabilise north Mali.

"The international community must support Mali to take back control of north Mali," he had said.

On October 12 the UN Security Council adopted a resolution preparing for the deployment of such a force for Mali, giving the regional bloc ECOWAS, or the Economic Community of West African States, 45 days to firm up its plans.

AFP/mbw

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Your comments about this article

21:31 November 2, 2012 by trevzns
Al-Qaeda, Islamist terrorism all legacies of European and Arab culture.

In africa the desperate economic conditions, violence and decay of communities and and family values is the responsibility of africans to improve. The situation in Mali can only be solved by the people of Mali. The Malians like other african countries are dependent and addicted to foreign aid and the business of war.

Religion is connected to much of the despair many africans are experiencing. Africans fighting and killing africans over lands and resources they own as a people is not logical. The acceptance and worship of european religion and praying to the instigator, the source of oppression and violence is counterproductive for improving conditions for a stable and independent future.

The perception that africans are not nation builders and leaders capable of managing a stable society is colonial propaganda. For africans to regain control of their land and resources working together as group is the best and only solution. The oppression and violence perpetrated by africans on africans has to end.

However, the reality of africans working together and united as a group, will be a major challenge and not in the best interests of western society or the world for that matter.

Minister Westerwelle mean concern is uninterrupted access or control of african resources and the financial results that benefit Germany and the corrupt african traitors masquerading as leaders, ministers of faith and freedom fighters.
22:46 November 2, 2012 by Englishted
Of cause Mali is important otherwise how will dyslexics get their post?
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