Previous Page - You're reading an Article:
190 words - January 16, 2013 | © DiploNews, all rights reserved.
French President François Hollande announced that at least 2,500 French troops will be sent to Mali within the framework of the military assistance operation which started on January 11 at the request of the President of Mali, Dioncounda Traore, and in compliance with the Charter of the United Nations. Mr. Hollande reminded that "France has no special interest in this operation other than to protect a friendly country and no goal other than to fight terrorism." He reiterated his determination to carry out the operation "as long as necessary." Operation Serval, named after the African wild cat species, is to eradicate the Islamic militant rebellion which has spread rapidly for the last six months throughout the north of Mali, an area that is larger than France itself. In the meantime, President Hollande acknowledged that the rescue operation in Somalia was unsuccessful, "despite the sacrifice of two of our soldiers," and very likely resulted in the murder of hostage Denis Allex, an agent with the Direction Générale de la Sécurité Extérieure (DGSE), the French foreign intelligence service.
Parts of or the whole information published on this page is likely to originate from Official Institutions like Governments, Ministries, Embassies and States. Its reproduction on this page does not constitute any endorsement from DiploNews and any of its affiliates and/or partners. If titles are sometimes modified for better understanding, the contents are reproduced exactly as delivered by the institution that first published it. To know the exact origin, click on 'view original source' at the end of the page. All information that originates from DiploNews is copyrighted and cannot be reproduced without written express authorization from DiploNews.