Mali, Morocco and France together to defend the integrity and sovereignty of Mali

By IndepthAfrica
In Algeria
Feb 3rd, 2013

Mali, Morocco and France are working hand in hand to defend the integrity and sovereignty of Mali, said the French and Malian ambassadors in Rabat.
“Mali, France and Morocco have continued to work together in international fora to defend the integrity and sovereignty of Mali,” noted both French and Mali senior diplomats in a joint Tribune, published by the daily Le Matin du Sahara + and + Maghreb in its edition of Saturday / Sunday, adding that since the beginning of this crisis, Morocco played a decisive role.

“The Security Council now chaired by Morocco Security has voted on Resolution 2085 for the deployment of the African force,” recalled the two ambassadors, welcoming the Kingdom was the first country to bring humanitarian assistance to the country by announcing a contribution of $ 5 million to Mali’s population at the Addis Ababa.

Operational support by Morocco, through the opening of its airspace to planes French, was also a key factor to ensure the success of the current operation, they pointed out, noting that the support provided by the Morocco should be welcomed.

The two diplomats warned however that “restoring the sovereignty of Mali should go through the stabilization of the whole northern Mali” and that it is the mission of the African force to be deployed in the coming weeks to restore the order.

They have also insisted that the future of Mali through the implementation of a political transition, marked by the roadmap adopted by the Malian government and Parliament, including the elections to be held by 31 July and the opening of negotiations with Northern movements that reject terrorism and drug trafficking and recognize the territorial integrity of Mali.

To succeed in this political transition, the French government is, according to the two ambassadors, enabling the deployment of international observers that would ensure respect for human rights, noting that the French intervention in Mali is in compliance with the international law and within the Security Council resolutions and the presence of France is only temporary, until the African force is able to take over

They reiterated that France did not intervene in the country, alongside Malian forces to safeguard economic or commercial interests, or lust of natural resources, but rather to defend the sovereignty and independence of Mali and protect the country from terrorism, and extremists who wanted to plunge the country into darkness and threat the security of the region that extends from the Sahel to Europe via the Maghreb.

With the release of Gao, Timbuktu and Kidal, three weeks after the call for help issued by the President Traoré to the international community, “the Malian army and the French army not only helped restore the integrity of Mali. They also defended the safety of all, including Morocco and France “, have congratulated the two ambassadors.

Said Temsamani

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