EU to train Mali army from April

2013-03-05 16:16
Malian troops patrol in the Adrar of the Ifoghas mountains. (Ghislain Mariette, AFP/Ecpad)

Malian troops patrol in the Adrar of the Ifoghas mountains. (Ghislain Mariette, AFP/Ecpad)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Brussels - European Union soldiers are on track to start training Malian troops on 2 April, with the first schooled battalion expected to be ready for the field in July, the commander of the EU training mission said on Tuesday.

"There is a considerable need," French General Francois Lecointre said during a visit to Brussels. "This army has to be completely restructured."

About half of the Malian army - some 3 000 soldiers - are due to be instructed during the 15-month EU mission, which will involve the deployment of up to 550 European troops to train, protect and assist.

Lecointre called on EU countries to also give military equipment, with weapons, vehicles and communication means among Mali's most pressing needs. He said investing in Mali is, among other things, a way to honour the sacrifice of three French soldiers who died there.

Read more on:    eu  |  mali  |  france  |  west africa
NEXT ON NEWS24X

SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24

 
/News
 

Business tips from the world’s billionaires

We share some of the world's most successful people's greatest tips and who knows, this might just lead you to your first million!

 
 

Luxury living

5 millionaires turned murderers
The youngest billionaires in the world and how they made it
Watch: Flying first class has never been this luxurious!
What to expect inside a royal nursery
Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

There is a restless need for action and you may go overboard and fill your day with too many things in the need to be recognised...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.