Sahel — Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 11:30 am on 9th February 2012.

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Photo of Lord King of Bridgwater Lord King of Bridgwater Conservative 11:30 am, 9th February 2012

My Lords, does my noble friend agree that that region is, unfortunately, becoming an extremely dangerous area? It includes mercenary elements who worked for Colonel Gaddafi and are now operating in the region. Significant elements of al-Qaeda and associated bodies may have moved to the region, and the very serious terrorist attacks in northern Nigeria are not unconnected with some of the problems there. Is the African Union considering how it will tackle the humanitarian situation? The security issues there are critical.