Canada Hosts Meeting to Discuss Mali’s Condition

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The Canadian Press has released an official statement announcing that Foreign Affairs Minister of Canada, John Baird, will be hosting a high-level meeting with the ambassadors of France, Mali and West Africa’s economic bloc in Ottawa today to discuss the problems and future of the embattled region. This high-profile meeting is being called at the Foreign Affairs headquarters, only a day after the ministry sent Canada’s ambassador to officially inform Mali’s military rulers to begin the restoration processes of reinstating democracy following the coup which took place last March.

Baird informed the Canadian representative, Louis de Lormier, to notify Malian officials that the incidents since the coup of March 2012 have created an extremely volatile situation allowing groups affiliated with organizations like al-Qaida to seize control of the country’s north. This ambassadorial message will be officially conveyed to Malian authorities in shape of a demarche, or a diplomatic memo which is usually implies expression of displeasure with another country. The spokesperson for the Foreign Affairs Minister, Rick Roth, stated that “the coup in March 2012 undermined Mali’s progress as a democracy and provided Islamist extremists with a window that has had devastating consequences.”

Today’s meeting will be attended by Malian Ambassador, Traore Ami Diallo, French Ambassador, Philippe Zeller, and Cote d’Ivoire’s envoy, Goran Kouame. A source, which chose to remain anonymous, stated that “this will be very much a listening session” and labeled the meeting to be a “part of our ongoing monitoring of the situation in Mali since the coup of last March.”

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