Biden claims French war in Mali served interests of US and 'everyone'
Your decisive action was not only in the interest of France but quite frankly the United States and everyone." US Vice President Joe BidenThe US Vice President Joe Biden has praised France’s war effort in Mali, boasting that the military aggression served not only the interests of France but also American interests and everyone else’s. "Your decisive action was not only in the interest of France but quite frankly the United States and everyone," said Biden Monday following a meeting in Paris with French President Francois Hollande at Elysee Palace.
Analysts and regional observers widely believe, however, that the recent US-backed military intervention in Mali by French forces serves as a clear move by the West to facilitate the free flow of cheap raw material from the resource-rich African nation.Press reports in France reported recently that Paris has also deployed its military forces to Niger in a bid to protect uranium mines in the African nation that are run by Paris-owned Areva, the French nuclear company, as threats against its interests surged following its war in Mali. The reports cited French magazine Le Point as revealing a plan by the Paris government to deploy special forces and more military hardware to Niger to help protect Areva’s uranium production sites at Arlit and Imouraren.
France gets nearly 75 percent of its electricity from nuclear reactors and most of the uranium used for fueling its reactors comes from the mines in Niger.The French military launched aerial attacks and deployed hundreds of troops into Mali in early January in a major war that Paris claimed was intended to drive out anti-government fighters in its former colony. On the first visit to France by a top US official since President Barack Obama was inaugurated into his second term in office in January, Biden further joined Holland in demanding a rapid deployment of a United Nation’s mandated “peacekeeping force” to Mali. Both Western powers are permanent members of the UN Security Council, a position they often manipulate to serve their own agendas. "We agreed on the need to as quickly as reasonably possible establish the African-led international mission in Mali and as quickly as is prudent transition that mission to the United Nations," Biden asserted following a lunch meeting with Hollande. Biden arrived in Paris on Sunday after participating in the Munich Security Conference in Germany. He is to travel to London on Tuesday for talks with yet another top European ally, British Prime Minister David Cameron. MFB/MFB