International pressure on Algeria to stop the bloody civil war is mounting.
There have been calls within the European Union, particularly from Germany, for more action. Officials from the 15 EU countries today will determine a mandate for an initial delegation. Assuming the Algerian government agrees to receive it, and it has given indications it will not, the delegation would try to report back by Jan. 26. The idea, British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook has said, is to “establish what is happening and work out how Europe can help best.”
An envoy from the Arab League arrived in Algiers Monday to carry a message of “solidarity” to Algerian President Liamine Zeroual, and Canada will send a senior diplomat to the Algerian capital shortly.