NATO welcomes French action in Mali, receives no aid request

BRUSSELS Mon Jan 14, 2013 6:28am EST

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - NATO welcomed France's military intervention in Mali on Monday but said the alliance had not received any French request for help.

"There has been no request, no discussion (within NATO) on the situation in Mali, the alliance as such is not involved in this crisis," NATO spokeswoman Oana Lungescu told reporters.

"But of course we are all concerned by the threats that terrorist organizations in Mali can pose, not just to the country itself, but also to the region, and that is why we welcome the efforts of the whole international community to implement the United Nations Security Council resolution (on Mali) and the very swift action by France to roll back the offensive of terrorist organizations," she said. (Reporting by Adrian Croft; editing by Rex Merrifield)

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