Canada Not Looking at Mali Military Mission, Harper SaysAndrew Mayeda
The Canadian government is not considering participating in a direct military mission in the African country of Mali, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said.
Harper made the comment following a meeting with Benin President Thomas Boni Yayi in Ottawa.
A military coup in Mali in March left a power vacuum in Bamako, the capital. That enabled Touareg separatists -- many of them former mercenaries for Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi until his ousting -- to join with Islamist rebels and seize the northern half of Mali, including the ancient city of Timbuktu.