ECOWAS Parliament declares "total support'' for Mali military intervention

Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Parliament of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Monday declared “total support'' for the military operations by the regional bloc and the international community in Mali.

The Parliament also expressed its gratitude to the government and people of France for coming to the aid of the sub-region, especially for its role in halting the south-ward advance of armed Islamist groups.

ECOWAS Parliament Speaker Ike Ekweremadu told journalists in Nigeria's capital, Abuja, that ''nothing should be spared to make sure that this is quickly resolved so that democracy can return to Mali.

''We also believe that what is happening in Mali has greater implications, not just for the sub-region or Africa in general, but the entire world because terrorism anywhere is terrorism everywhere; hence the fight against terrorism is the fight for everybody.”

Ekweremadu, who is the Deputy President of the Nigeria Senate, noted that the ECOWAS Parliament believes there are terrorists, not just in Mali, but in other places in the sub-region, and called for the same concerted efforts to remove them from the rest of the sub-region and everywhere in the world.

He disclosed that the community parliament had  also set up an Ad-Hoc Committee on the situation in Mali and Guinea Bissau, charged with monitoring developments in both countries.

This, according to him, would enable the ECOWAS Parliament to initiate necessary interventions as events demand.

Ekweremadu also announced that the parliament had already scheduled an Extra-Ordinary Session for the end of February to appraise the situation in Mali.
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