facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Mali back in African Union, crisis grows

Oct. 26, 2012 at 4:16 PM   |   Comments

BAMAKO, Mali, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- The North African nation of Mali has been re-admitted to the African Union after being suspended following a coup in March, AU officials said.

The AU announced the reinstatement late Wednesday as it called for a plan to restore state authority in northern Mali, which is under the control of Islamists, Radio France Internationale reported Thursday.

The AU called for Mali to hold elections early next year.

The AU action comes as a food crisis is growing in northern regions of the country, Peter Maurer, president of the International Committee of the Red Cross, said. He said help is needed for people fleeing the Islamist-held areas for the south or neighboring countries.

French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Wednesday preparation for deployment of AU troops was in its early stages, pulling back from his suggestion last week that intervention in Mali was imminent.

France has promised to support any AU force with training, logistics and equipment.

© 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
Survey: Harvard Law grads earn the most of any grad school in the country Survey: Harvard Law grads earn the most of any grad school in the country
2
Lockheed Martin, Roketsan collaborate on F-35 cruise missile Lockheed Martin, Roketsan collaborate on F-35 cruise missile
3
GenDyn UK picks Lockheed Martin for vehicle turrets GenDyn UK picks Lockheed Martin for vehicle turrets
4
North Korea: South's leaflet campaign 'declaration of war' North Korea: South's leaflet campaign 'declaration of war'
5
Thailand orders more aircraft from Airbus Helicopters Thailand orders more aircraft from Airbus Helicopters
Trending News
Around the Web
x
Feedback