WEST AFRICAN MILITARY CHIEFS MEET; TO STABILIZE AND CONSOLIDATE TRANSITIONAL GOVT..ASSIST MALIAN ARMY IN THE RECONQUEST OF THE NORTH

Chairman, ECOWAS Defence Chiefs Gen Soumahila Bakayoko(r) with Air Chief Marshal Petinrin of Nigeria

Chairman, ECOWAS Defence Chiefs Gen Soumahila Bakayoko(r) with Air Chief Marshal Petinrin of Nigeria

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AFP)
16 June, 2012

West African military leaders met in Ivory Coast on Saturday to define the mission of a regional security force that could be sent to northern Mali to fight armed groups in control of the north. The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) says it has a 3,000-man force on standby to enter Mali to help the interim government and try to take back the northern half of the country, now controlled by Tuareg rebels and Al-Qaeda allies.

Mali lost the territory to the rebels in the
chaotic aftermath of a March 22 coup in
the capital Bamako. The ECOWAS force would “stabilise and consolidate” the transitional powers in the capital and, alongside the Malian army, “engage in the reconquest of the north”, said Ivory Coast army chief Soumaila Bakayoko at the start of the meeting. He added that violence would only be a last resort,”after all attempts at dialogue were exhausted”.

Malian army chief of staff Colonel Major Ibrahima Dahirou Dembele told reporters it would be difficult to solve the situation in the north without military intervention. The meeting came a day after ECOWAS asked the United Nations Security Council to support the force. The UN has not yet agreed and is concerned by the size of the force.

In an interview to be published in France’s Journal de Dimanche on Sunday, Niger President Mahamadou Issoufou again called on the UN to adopt a resolution supporting military
intervention in Mali and to stop “prolonging” the debate.

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2 Responses to WEST AFRICAN MILITARY CHIEFS MEET; TO STABILIZE AND CONSOLIDATE TRANSITIONAL GOVT..ASSIST MALIAN ARMY IN THE RECONQUEST OF THE NORTH

  1. doziex says:

    One has to state for the record, the maturity, pan african brotherliness and responsibility that nigeria is exhibiting, as crises of various origins continue to engulf the so called francophone west africa.
    For whatever reason, nigeria is not seeking to further destabilize certain member states out of revenge or for selfish regional hegemonic purposes.

    And anyone that fairly studies the history of the conduct of certain francophone nations in west africa, as pertaining to conflict resolution, would say nigeria would be within her right to cause some mischief.

    Short sighted, but within her rights.

  2. makanaky says:

    @ Doziex Ivory coast and Burkina Faso aided Charles Taylor and other rebels to make NIgeria and ECOMOG venture a failure but Nigeria did not pay back with evil,instead we have continued to extend an olive branch and show love to our fellow West African brothers.
    There is no need for rivalry as this brings hatred especially if you cannot match your neigbour.

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