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ECOWAS Defence Chiefs To Hold Extra-Ordinary Session On Mali in Abidjan


Té / 12 September 2012

West Africa’s defence chiefs will meet in extraordinary session in Abidjan from 14th September 2012 to finalize the road map for the deployment of the ECOWAS Mission in Mali (MICEMA). The two-day meeting of the ECOWAS Committee of Chiefs of Defence Staff (CCDS) comes in the wake of the invitation to ECOWAS by the Government of Mali for the deployment of MICEMA.

A sub-committee of the CCDS met with Mali’s military in mid-August 2012 in order to ensure the convergence of views with ECOWAS on the first phase of the MICEMA mission, which is to provide security for the authorities and transition institutions.

The August 2012 meeting also agreed on the harmonization of ECOWAS and Malian positions on the second and third phases of the MICEMA mission. Specifically, it involves the contribution of MICEMA to capacity building of Mali’s defence and security forces by reorganizing and training them as well as supporting the forces to retake Northern Mali currently occupied by an Islamist rebel group.

The forthcoming extraordinary session of the CCDS will also review the concept of operation for MICEMA whose deployment will contribute to the resolution of the crisis in that country.

ABUJA, Nigeria, September 12, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/

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