Nov. 13 (Xinhua)
The African Union (AU) approved a plan produced recently by West African
countries for a military intervention in
northern Mali, the pan-African bloc
disclosed here on Tuesday.
The AU Peace and Security Council gave
the approval after the 15-member West
African grouping ECOWAS agreed on
Sunday to contribute a 3,300-strong force to join Mali’s 5,000 troops in the planned intervention. The AU approval is necessary for the final endorsement by the United Nations late this month or next to give the green light to the deployment.
On Oct. 12, the UN Security Council adopted a resolution in which ECOWAS
was asked to work out a detailed plan for military intervention in northern Mali with 45 days.
The ECOWAS-led operation aims to regain control of Mali’s desert north after rebels including Al-Qaida-linked groups took the area in the aftermath of the March 22 military coup.