Libya, which currently chairs the Arab Maghreb Union, voiced its deep concern about developments in the Republic of Mali . . .[restrict]which could threaten its national unity and territorial integrity.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tripoli declared in a press statement on Monday its complete rejection of the Azawad Independence Declaration by Tuareg separatists in Friday, condemning the rebel movement for dividing the territory of the state of Mali.
The Libyan Foreign Ministry said it joined the African Union and other countries which have condemned this act. It stated its satisfaction with the efforts of the Economic Community of West Africa to contain the crisis, return Mali to constitutional legality and prepare for a transition period culminating in free and fair elections as soon as possible.
The Ministry confirmed its support for all regional initiatives to find a solution to a crisis that not only threatened the sovereignty and financial stability of Mali but also the safety and security of the entire region. It expressed Libyan willingness to contribute to any possible solutions and create the right environment for a productive dialogue between all concerned parties in Mali to ensure the unity and security of this country.
The Ministry slap condemned the kidnapping of members of the Algerian consulate in the Gao region of Mali, calling it “a violation of international laws and customs”. It expressed its solidarity with the Algerian government and abductees’ families and hoped that they would be treated right and urged the kidnappers to release them as soon as possible.