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Mali army gives ECOWAS troops conditions
15 August 2012
Mali's military on Tuesday rejected the deployment of any foreign West African soldiers to the capital, saying any regional intervention could only take place in the North of the country, currently occupied by Islamist groups.
The comments, after talks between West African defense chiefs and Malian authorities, are likely to dismay regional leaders who have been seeking to shore up a weak civilian administration in Bamako before helping the local army take on a mix of gunmen including some from al Qaeda.
Mali faces a twin crisis after rebel fighters took advantage of the void following a March 22 coup to seize the North.