Warning against 'terrorism' in N Mali
18 September 2012, 12:46
Nouakchott - Senegal and Mauritania's leaders Monday
voiced concern about "serious threats" from the Islamist takeover of
northern Mali, warning against terrorism and the partition of the west
Senegalese President Macky Sall, on his first
official visit to Nouakchott, said he and his Mauritanian counterpart
Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz shared the same view of the volatile situation
in Mali after Islamists took control of the north amid the turmoil that
followed a March coup in Bamako.
"We think that if the Malian
factions want to engage in dialogue, we encourage them," Sall said. "But
for those who choose the path of terrorism and the partition of Mali,
they will face the consequences of their choice."
He did not elaborate on the comment.
situation in northern Mali poses a serious threat to Sahel region
security with "the growth of cross-border crime including trafficking in
illegal arms, drugs and human beings, money-laundering and terrorism,"
the leaders said in a joint statement, urging a return to constitutional
On the same day in Ivory Coast, a special meeting of the
Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) was held in Abidjan
to look into deploying an African intervention force to Mali.
talks were organised after a formal request this month by Mali's
interim President Dioncounda Traore for Ecowas military assistance to
recover the occupied territory in the north and combat Islamist
In July Senegal said it would not participate in an African force in Mali.
which is not an Ecowas member, has also said it would not intervene
militarily, although it has sent its army into Malian territory in
recent years to raid bases of al-Qaeda's north African branch Aqim.
UN Security Council has so far failed to authorise Ecowas operations in
Mali while military preparations have made little headway.
international Sahel conference presided over by UN Secretary General Ban
Ki-moon is to meet on the crisis in New York on September 26.