Minister: War still inevitable in northern Mali

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Associated Press

Posted on November 8, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Updated Thursday, Nov 8 at 12:34 PM

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — The foreign affairs minister of Burkina Faso says war is still inevitable in northern Mali, even after an al-Qaida-linked group in the area declared it was denouncing extremism.

Djibril Bassole said Ansar Dine's recent willingness to engage in dialogue with the Malian government was "a positive development." The group made its statement after several days of talks in Burkina Faso's capital.

Still, Bassole said Thursday that the West African regional bloc known as ECOWAS will need to stage an intervention because terrorist groups operating in the region are still carrying out unacceptable acts.

Bassole's comments come a day after military experts from the United Nations, ECOWAS, Europe and the African Union drafted a plan to recapture northern Mali. The plan still needs final approval from the U.N.

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