AFRICOM commander excludes direct U.S. intervention declares support negotiated militants in Mali with the exception of terrorists

Posted on October 1, 2012


Monday, October 1, 2012 Algeria: Hamid Yassin
Said Gen. Carter Ham, head of the U.S. military command in Africa (AFRICOM), that his Government would support any military operation established by the Government of” legitimate” Bamako and the countries of the region, in order to resolve the situation against terrorist groups in the north of the country. But totally ruled out any direct military role of the United States of America in the face of Al Qaeda and its arms.
Ended the U.S. military official, yesterday, his visit to Algeria, which lasted two days, a press seminar held at the headquarters of the U.S. Embassy took place mostly on the situation in Mali, the threat of terrorism. It is the most important statement in his responses about the explosive situation in the north of Mali, that Washington prefers diplomatic and political solutions to the crisis through negotiations with the National Movement for the Liberation of Ozoad, with the exception of terrorist groups. This position is consistent, to some extent, with the Algerian position on the subject. Algerians are pushing for a negotiated
Algerians are pushing for a negotiated solution with the militants Alozoad, but away from Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb” and nearby communities. In this issue specifically, there are those who believe that” supporters religion” piece of Al Qaeda, while others say they are part of Altoarv the inhabitants of the land, even if they were armed.
And about whether the United States differentiate between armed groups that are looking for the independence of the north, and between that practice terrorism in the entire region, Ham said:” I am Algiers to know the situation better, to find out what are the terrorist groups and non-terrorist. In other words, I want to know the role of the Movement for the Emancipation of Alozoad and the supporters of religion and movement Tawhid and Jihad movement in West Africa”. Ham said that the United States” supports the ongoing talks to the Security Council on the financial crisis”. He said that” our concern at the moment is the establishment of a legitimate government in Bamako, and will be the responsibility of the neighboring country to help them to restore stability, and the United States is ready to extend a helping hand”. He added:” solution, in our view, be the establishment of a legitimate government in Mali, and must open a dialogue with all groups in the north but with terrorist groups”. The most important way to help in the eyes of Americans, according to Carter Ham,” is the exchange of information between the countries of the region (on the security files before), and conduct military exercises with partners Aljhoyen and organizing seminars for the exchange of information, so we face together the challenges related to security”.
U.S. General spoke about the existence of programs for the exchange of expertise and data security between the United States and its partners in the region, and projects to equip the countries of the Sahel forces,” are being implemented at the request of the countries of the region”. Carter Ham, said he is unaware of what” ECOWAS seeks” to do on resolving the situation against terrorist groups by military forces into northern Mali to enter in the face of regulations stemming from Al Qaeda.
And rejected important to go into the effort France is likely to organize a military campaign in the north, as a response to a question about the U.S. position on the option assumed like this:” This is the prerogative of the politicians, but I فرجل military, and see the United States over the crisis in Mali is based on supporting a legitimate government in Bamako, if launched a dialogue with all parties except the terrorists”. He added:” a military solution components more comprehensive solution in our opinion, built on the treatment of the crisis through political and diplomatic means”. The official said the U.S. military:” the already complex situation in Mali, and the threats posed by terrorist groups increase his complex”.
He thanked Carter Ham, the Algerian government” which provided the necessary security enhancements for the benefit of our embassy in Algiers, during the recent developments”, intended risks faced by U.S. diplomatic missions abroad, because of the angry reactions to the video abuser of the Holy Prophet. He said that protecting U.S. diplomats ‘responsibility rests with the countries in which they reside.’
The President of the Republic received, Mr. Abdelaziz Bouteflika, yesterday, the Supreme Commander of the U.S. Armed Forces Command in Africa (AFRICOM), General Carter Ham. The meeting was the establishment of the Mufti Janan the presence of the Minister Delegate to the Minister of National Defence, Mr. Abdul the owner Vaazah, the Minister Delegate in charge of Maghreb and African Affairs Abdelkader Messahel, Admiral Ahmed Fayed in favor of the Chief of Staff of the National People’s Army.

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