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Federal Foreign Minister Westerwelle on France’s intervention in Mali

11.01.2013

Speaking this evening (11 January), the Federal Foreign Minister commented in this connection as follows:

France is acting at the request of the Malian Government. It is acting on the basis of international law.
The European plans for a possible future mission to train Malian security forces and the necessity of a political process remain unaffected.
The radical rebel groups must finally end their attacks on the integrity of the Malian state.

Further information:

The French Government informed the German Government of its action in advance. The Federal Foreign Minister’s statement has been coordinated with the Federal Chancellor and the Defence Minister.

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