13 November 2012

Algeria, Mauritania Defend Positions On Mali

Photo: William Lloyd-George/IPS
Malian refugees.

Algeria on Monday (November 11th) urged a political solution to the Mali crisis, AFP reported.

"We have not stopped emphasising that a way out of the crisis, through dialogue between the Malian authorities and the rebel groups in the north, is completely possible," foreign ministry spokesperson Amar Belani told reporters.

Also on Monday, Mauritanian national assembly president Messaoud Ould Boulkheir warned of the possible consequences of military intervention. "This country, which has for a long time been seen as a model of democracy, is like a volcano about to erupt," Ould Boulkheir said. "If this volcano awakens, it will dump incandescent ashes over its neighbours," he told parliament.

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