Nigeria to keep troops in Mali until crisis resolved

January 22, 2013 17:54

GENEVA - Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan said on Tuesday that troops from the West African country will stay in northern Mali until the crisis there is resolved and a democratically elected government is in place.

"We cannot pull out until we have solved the problem. I cannot tell you when we will solve the problem, but Nigeria is totally committed and we remain committed until the crisis is resolved," he told Reuters in Geneva.

Nigeria plans to deploy around 1,200 troops as part of a West African intervention force to support French troops battling al-Qaida-linked militants with the aim of driving them out of the northern half of Mali, which they seized from government forces last year.

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