Jan. 12 (Xinhua)
Niger announced Saturday that it will send 500 soldiers to Northern Mali to help resolve its crisis, Niger’s Foreign Minister Bazoum Mohamed confirmed the news.
Some media said Burkina Faso, who is
also a member of the Economic
Community of West African States
(ECOWAS), has also pledged the same
number of troops.
Leaders of the ECOWAS has authorized
the deployment of an African-led
international force to flush out rebel
groups from northern Mali in order to
restore security in the West African
country In a statement, the Chairman of ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State, President Alassane Ouattara, said that measures would be taken to implement the decision to assist the Malian Army to
defend the nation’s territorial integrity.
The UN recently asked the AU and ECOWAS to produce a detailed plan for a
possible military intervention in northern Mali.
Meanwhile, Senegal has decided to send 500 soldiers to Mali after ECOWAS announced Saturday its authorization of the deployment of an African-led international force to flush out rebel groups from northern Mali, according to the Senegal Foreign Minister Mankeur Ndiaye.
President Macky Sall “has decided to send a battalion of 500 soldiers,” said the minister. Although the troops are not yet on the ground, but they will be there “in a matter of days,” he said.