facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

ICRC 'very concerned' about Mali

Oct. 22, 2012 at 12:05 PM   |   Comments

NIAMEY, Niger, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- International Committee of the Red Cross President Peter Maurer said Monday he was "very concerned" about the security situation in northern Mali.

Maurer is on a three-day mission of the Sahel region of North Africa. He said from Niger that conflict in northern Mali was having an effect on the entire region.

"The ICRC is very concerned about the conflict's effects on the people living in northern Mali," he said in a statement.

Food shortages in the region, he added, are complicating the plight of the thousands of refugees fleeing Mali to neighboring countries.

Foreign rebels and fighters loyal to al-Qaida claimed autonomy for northern Mali following an early 2012 coup. Members of the Economic Community of West African States have proposed a neutral stand-by force to help address lingering security concerns in the country.

Deputy U.N. Secretary-General Jan Eliasson told a meeting of U.N., ECOWAS and African Union officials that a credible political strategy was needed for Mali.

"Any military action must also support a coherent political strategy for the country's reunification," he said. "And for the international community to back an international military force, human rights and humanitarian law must be scrupulously respected."

© 2012 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
U.S. airstrikes succeeding in cutting oil financing for Islamic State U.S. airstrikes succeeding in cutting oil financing for Islamic State
2
California officer allegedly stole nude photos during arrest California officer allegedly stole nude photos during arrest
3
New submarine set for commissioning New submarine set for commissioning
4
[UPDATE] Two Calif. deputies killed, two others shot [UPDATE] Two Calif. deputies killed, two others shot
5
Lumberton grandpa shoots granddaughter's would-be rapist Lumberton grandpa shoots granddaughter's would-be rapist
Trending News
Around the Web
x
Feedback