Senegal says taking back French military bases

On Sunday the country marked independence day with a parade in Dakar.

Senegal says taking back French military bases

Senegal will take back military bases held by France, President Abdoulaye Wade said on the eve of the West African country's 50th anniversary since independence on Sunday.

"I solemnly declare that Senegal is taking back, starting April 4, all the bases on our soil previously held by France," he said late on Saturday in a televised speech.

Senegal and France agreed in February on the drawdown this year of 1,200 French soldiers from an air base in the capital Dakar, one of three French bases still active in Africa.

France has had a continued military presence in the country since decolonisation in 1960.

Wade said Senegal's government would begin talks with French officials on the logistics of the handover.

On Sunday the country marked independence day with a parade in Dakar.


Reuters

Güncelleme Tarihi: 04 Nisan 2010, 18:15

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