By Julian Pecquet - 01/15/13 04:19 PM EST
“I welcome France taking the initiative to combat this serious security threat in North Africa,” Royce said. “The vast area of northern Mali gives these al Qaeda-linked militants space to operate, and the weapons flowing out of Libya makes them deadly. This cancer could not go unaddressed.
“This isn’t avant garde for the French. They have shown leadership in working with Ivory Coast and other African governments to improve security. Paris understands the high stakes.”