Mali set to dominate EU-ACP talks

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The president of the EU-ACP Joint Parliamentary Assembly has warned that the recent conflict of Mali is "inextricably linked to global terrorism".

Speaking at the opening of the assembly in the European Parliament on 17 June 2013, Belgian MEP Louis Michel said that the violence "has now spread beyond the borders of Mali".

He warned that groups were "using fragile states as a base for extremist terrorism".

France intervened in Mali at the start of 2013 to prevent an insurgence by Islamist rebels in the north of the country.

The EU-ACP Joint Parliamentary Assembly is a twice-yearly parliamentary session that brings together MEPs with parliamentarians from countries in Africa, the Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) that have signed the Cotonou Agreement on international trade and aid.

It is co-chaired by Mr Michel and the Deputy Speaker of the Kenyan National Assembly, Joyce Laboso.

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