Norway Refuses to Send Soldiers to Mali

EU countries have decided to send up to 500 troops to Mali to train the country’s military forces. But Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide had stressed that Norway was not committed to contribute.

Coalition member Socialist Left Party foreign policy spokesman Snorre Valen finds the decision wise and important.

– Mali’s government lacks legitimacy, and the country’s security forces are responsible for serious human rights violations. It is wise of Norway not to contribute military capabilities in a civil war with ethnic divisions, says Snorre Valen to NTB.

Valen is pleased that the government has agreed to give 30 million to the United Nations Fund for Mali.

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