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EU’s military backing for France over Mali
AFP
Brussels, January 17, 2013
First Published: 23:30 IST(17/1/2013)
Last Updated: 23:31 IST(17/1/2013)

Some of France’s EU partners are considering whether to offer troops to back up its military campaign in Mali against Islamist insurgents, French foreign minister Laurent Fabius said Thursday.

 

After emergency EU talks on Mali, Fabius said all had “expressed their solidarity with Mali and support for France’s action” and some were mulling “an offer of troops,” although “we won’t force anyone.”

“There are limits to security and defence policy, even if that is to be regretted,” he added.

Thus far, several of France’s EU partners including Britain and Germany, have said they will provide logistic or other types of assistance, stopping short however of sending combat troops.

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, asked at a separate press conference what help might be forthcoming, replied that “many countries said they were very willing to help and to support France in every way, and they did not rule in or rule out any aspect of that.”


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