Mali, Ecowas agree on troop deployment

2012-09-23 22:02


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

Bamako - Mali and a West African regional bloc preparing to send troops to help Bamako reclaim the Islamist-seized north have made progress in talks over conditions for the deployment, officials say.

The Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) has been jostling for weeks seeking an end to the Malian crisis, which has raised concerns about regional stability and seen Mali split in two after Islamist extremists seized control of the north after a March coup.

Ecowas has 3 300 regional troops on standby but wants UN approval and has been awaiting the go-ahead from Mali, which is worried about foreign troops flooding into the capital Bamako and only wants the fighters to provide a supporting role.

Malian defence minister Yamoussa Camara said on Sunday that Mali was now prepared for troops to be based in Bamako, a move that had been opposed by interim President Dioncounda Traore.

"Mali is currently in line with Ecowas, after several clarifications," Camara said, adding that "the (Ecowas) headquarters would be in Bamako."

Camara was speaking alongside his counterpart Paul Koffi Koffi from the Ivory Coast, which currently chairs Ecowas.

Ecowas is still awaiting UN Security Council approval of the intervention.

Security Council on Friday called for West African nations to produce a "feasible and actionable" military plan to retake northern Mali from Islamist militants.

Mali was considered one of the region's stable democracies until it was plunged into turmoil in the coup.

Extremists allied to al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) swiftly seized key towns in the huge arid north, an area larger than France or Texas, and have implemented hardline sharia law including capital and corporal punishments for relatively minor offences.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights recently condemned the "serious human rights violations and possibly war crimes" going on in north Mali.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
Read more on:    ecowas  |  dioncounda traore  |  mali  |  west africa  |  security 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
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Rugby World Cup 2015

All the action from the 2015 RWC, including live coverage of all 48 matches, breaking news, fixtures, results, logs - and much more!


Rugby World Cup 2015

Heyneke: Still some loose ends
LIVE: Canada v Romania
England demise should 'sharpen' Bok focus
LIVE: Fiji v Uruguay
Traffic Alerts

Are you burning the candle at both ends? Listen to your body and your emotional reactions. Know when to slow down or stop. It is more

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


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 network.


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.