Sahel summit urges world intervention in Libya

The summit devoted to Sahel affairs had lodged an official request with the African Union's Peace and Security Council to form an "international military force to intervene in Libya."

Sahel summit urges world intervention in Libya

World Bulletin/News Desk

Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz said Friday that a summit devoted to Sahel affairs – which wrapped up in Nouakchott on Friday – had lodged an official request with the African Union's Peace and Security Council to form an "international military force to intervene in Libya."

"Libyans are convinced of the need for international military intervention [in Libya] to protect institutions, property and the choice of the Libyan people," Abdel Aziz said at a press conference held following the summit's conclusion.

The summit included leaders from the Sahel states of Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Chad and Burkina Faso.

"The ultimate decision is for the Libyan people [to make], as they are the most knowledgeable regarding the best solution to their crisis," the Mauritanian president declared.

He went on to say that the presidents of summit member-states had "adopted a special development program for the region worth nearly $15 billion, which is intended to help pull the region out of poverty, ignorance and hunger."

Summit participants included Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, Senegalese President Macky Sall, Chadian President Idriss Deby, Nigerien President Mahamadou Issoufou, and interim President Michel Kafando of Burkina Faso.

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