Washington’s “ECOWAS”: Algeria “key to solving the” coast to expel the jihadists

Posted on September 21, 2012

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2012.09.21
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Urged yesterday the administration of President Barack Obama in Washington, the Economic Community of West African States, known as “ECOWAS” to work with the Algerian authorities to expel the jihadist groups from Mali, and stop the activity of the terrorist organization called al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, stressing the increasing activity since the fall of Gaddafi regime Log Mali “anarchy.”

Media reported American “advice” Obama administration to leaders of West African States, to intensify work with Algeria and Mauritania to help stop the spread of al-Qaeda in the Sahel and the rest of the terrorist organizations, which have increased their activities in Mali. In this regard, says Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson The international community is working with the neighboring countries of Mali to combat the terrorist group al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.

The administration recognizes recovery of al-Qaeda activity in the Sahel region, since the fall of the former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and the mess left behind by the coup against the central government in Bamako last April, and the subsequent negative impact on the security situation.

Carson also pointed out that the terrorist organization is a source of concern not only for Mali, but to all the neighboring countries – whether Algeria, Mauritania, Niger or Burkina Faso or Senegal. ” And terrorism – according to the same source – is a threat not only to the financial people, but for all the peoples of the region, if not stop extending it will spiral out of control, and could become a threat to those areas in Europe and beyond. The U.S. official added that it is necessary to move toward financial new elections as soon as possible to restore democratic legitimacy and a proper division of civil and military affairs.

He urged the Assistant U.S. Secretary of State for African Affairs in a statement earlier on finding a political solution to the crisis in Mali, where Islamist militants control of Ansar al-Din on the northern part of the country. He also confirmed that Carson at a hearing of the Foreign Relations Committee in the House of Representatives to support the United States for the efforts of a group of West African States (ECOWAS), which proposes to intervene militarily to calm the situation in Mali, stressed the need to be carefully planned operation of this kind.

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