Envoy withdrawn

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The Independent Online
France said yesterday it was withdrawing its envoy to Somalia from the capital, Mogadishu, amid mounting tension after the killing last weekend of 23 Pakistani peace-keepers, Reuter reports from Paris.

A Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, Catherine Colonna, said Alain Deschamps, who was on a 'temporary mission', was being recalled to Paris. She gave no other details. Ms Colonna said the government had not ordered the evacuation of French citizens from the Somali capital. But she added that 'we are telling anyone who asks that the situation on the ground calls for extreme caution'. France, which has 1,100 troops in the UN peace-keeping force in Somalia, has sent reinforcements to the capital.