Mali blames West for chaos in Libya

Federica MOGHERINI, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the EC meets with Abdoulaye DIOP, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Mali
Federica MOGHERINI, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the EC meets with Abdoulaye DIOP, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Mali

Mali blames “external intervention” for the chaos that reigns throughout Libya given the Nato-led bombing campaign in 2011.

Abdoulaye Diop, Malian minister of foreign affairs, on Wednesday (22 November) said the raids were “carried out without a strategic vision, without a plan, and without the ability to manage the consequences.”

The bombing campaign included French and British sorties that helped topple the dictatorship under Muammar Gaddafi. Libya has since become the main staging point of migratory flows towards Europe, is home to some 1,500 armed militia groups, and is host to open slave auctions. Addressing the European Parliament and the EU’s foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, Diop said it was impossible to cooperate with the Libyan state “because the only people we have to cooperate with are militias.” He then demanded €500 million to prop up a joint military force between Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger, also known as the G5 Sahel…

Read more : EUObserver, 22.11.2017