EU leaders call Mali crisis a threat to Europe.

by Machiavelli

Rivers of Hope

  • EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton attends a meeting of the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee, the donor support group for the Palestine, at the United Nations in New York, September 23, 2012. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

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BRUSSELS (Reuters) – EU leaders said on Friday the crisis in Mali, where Islamists have seized control of much of the north of the country, was an “immediate threat” to Europe, and threatened to impose sanctions on the armed militia there.

It was the first time EU heads of state and government had pronounced collectively on the crisis, which broke out in March when soldiers toppled the president, leaving a power vacuum that enabled Tuareg rebels to take control of the north. Islamists, some allied with al Qaeda, have since hijacked their revolt.

“This situation poses an immediate threat to the Sahel region as well as to West and North…

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