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France wants to hang on to control of uranium resources in Mali

beneath
the deserts in Northern Mali and Eastern Niger, territory now
exclusively claimed by the nomadic Tuareg tribes, exists the world’s
third largest uranium reserves as well as substantial oil reserves.

“Paris has cultivated the dependency
of their former colonies by hand-picking weak regimes that gave them
access to resources,”

Is the French Invasion of Mali tied to a Colonial War for Uranium? By
Saeed Shabazz Global Research, January 30, 2013 There is still
confusion in UN corridors concerning France’s military intervention in
Northern Mali, which began on Jan. 11 with air strikes against the
so-called Islamist camps moving closer to the capital city of Bamako.

The confusion stems from the French ambassador Gerard Araud’s
insistence that his government was responding to a request from the
Interim-Malian government for assistance, under Chapter 51 of the UN
Charter. The Article states that there shall be an inherent right of
collective self-defense if an armed attack occurs against a member of
the UN, until the Security Council has taken measures to maintain
international peace and security.

Press reports indicated Jan. 16 that 800 French troops landed in Mali,
with their numbers slated to reach 2,500 by the end of the month.
President Francois Hollande, speaking on French television Jan. 15,
said his government was determined to end “Islamist” domination in
Northern Mali because it feared use of the territory as a base for
attacks against the West.

“The Malian war has the potential to destabilize the region, a fact
not lost on many of Mali’s neighbors. Yet the solution to this crisis
will not be found in France’s intervention,” wrote Bill Fletcher, Jr.
on his Blog, BillFletcherJr.com……

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius reportedly said on Jan. 14,
“Key interests were at stake for us, for Africa, for Europe—so we had
to act quickly.” Observers immediately began asking could that key
interest be uranium.

Uranium is France’s key energy resource, according to the World
Nuclear Association, with 75 percent of the European nation’s
electricity being produced from nuclear energy, which explains French
dependency on uranium. According to mineral resource analysts, beneath
the deserts in Northern Mali and Eastern Niger, territory now
exclusively claimed by the nomadic Tuareg tribes, exists the world’s
third largest uranium reserves as well as substantial oil reserves.

Some observers say for 40-years the French company Areva had exclusive
rights to uranium exploitation in Niger, until recently when the
government of Niger issued permits to China, India, Britain, South
Africa, the U.S., Canada and Australia to explore for uranium and oil,
therefore France cannot afford to lose the uranium reserves in Mali.
There is also the China factor.

The Independent, a British publication, stated on Jan. 15 that China
has given millions “as a gift” to the Malian people to raise their
standard of living. A story in The China Times revealed that Mali and
China signed three agreements worth $117.7 million. The Chinese are to
build a hydro-electric dam in Taoussa, located in the region of Gao in
northern Mali, now under Islamist control.

China is reportedly active in various development projects in Mali
such dealing with industrialization, health, agriculture, education,
security, communications and infrastructure.

The Mbendi Information Service reported in 2010 that several companies
had been granted permission to explore for uranium in the Falea and
Gao regions by the administration of former Malian President Amadou
Toumani Toure, who was mysteriously ousted from office in March 2012
by junior Army officers a month before he was to step down.

Some mineral resource experts say uranium potential in the Gao region
is thought to be 200 tons, while the Falea-North Guinea basin’s
potential is thought to be 5,000 tons.

World renowned educator, Pan Africanist, African history scholar, and
the U.S. chairman of the World African Diaspora Union, Dr. Leonard
Jeffries told The Final Call he understands UN confusion over French
insistence that Mali’s government requested intervention.

“The French don’t need a letter to intervene in their former colonies
because of the accords they forced on them before granting
independence; and these accords have not been re-worked,” Dr. Jeffries
said.

For five decades, France has maintained a neo-colonial relationship
known as “Pacte Coloniale” that gave France control of components of
the new African states, including their economies and military
institutions, Dr. Jeffries said. “Paris has cultivated the dependency
of their former colonies by hand-picking weak regimes that gave them
access to resources,” he added.
http://www.globalresearch.ca/is-the-french-invasion-of-mali-tied-to-a-colonial-war-for-uranium/5321133

January 31, 2013 - Posted by | Mali, politics international, Uranium, weapons and war

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