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.

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.

 

Plans for bigger military force in Mali

10 November 2012, 13:16

Abuja - West African nations on Friday plotted a military force to retake Islamist-occupied northern Mali as ministers met on a strategy that included a possible expanded mission of 5 500 troops.

The proposal discussed by foreign and defence ministers from the 15-nation Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) could see the bloc commit 3 200 troops and other countries a further 2 300, said a source familiar with the talks.

Representatives from South Africa, Mauritania, Morocco, Libya, Algeria and Chad would also be invited to participate in a regional summit on the military strategy set for Sunday in the Nigerian capital Abuja, the source said.

"Ecowas defence chiefs have proposed a change in the composition of the troops to be deployed," the source from the bloc said on condition of anonymity, because he was not authorised to provide details.

"They are recommending to the summit 5 500 troops as against the initial proposition of 3 200 by Ecowas. The difference is expected to be contributed by non-Ecowas states which have signified interest to contribute troops."

The ministers' meeting ended late on Friday after adopting a report ahead of Sunday's summit. A portion of the report seen by an AFP journalist stressed that talks were the preferred means to resolve the crisis, but warned "dialogue was not open-ended".

The leader of a Malian militia meanwhile said that local people were ready to rise up against the Islamists.

- SAPA

Tags ecowas mali
NEXT ON NEWS24 NIGERIAX

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
The trouble with Buhari’s approac...

The recent massacre of scores of fellow Igbo and brethren in our homeland by the invading and marauding Fulani herdsmen is not just heart-rending but …  Read more...

Submitted by
MRS CONCERN
Kogi poly lecturers’ extortion fr...

The standard of education in Nigeria has fallen, but what is currently happening in Kogi state polytechnic is very bad. Read more...

Submitted by
Ogbo Awoke Ogbo
'History will destroy you if you ...

Nigeria is not dealing with religion. Nigeria is not dealing terrorism. Nigeria is not dealing with ethnic suspicion and tribal hatred - we really don't have issues with each other on personal levels. Read more...

Submitted by
Don Tommy
Like Nnamdi Kanu, like Saro-Wiwa

We all are watching as history is repeating itself in Nigeria in the most dramatic of fashions. We may recall that after Obasanjo handed over to Shagari in 1979... Read on Read more...

Submitted by
Anagbogu Chukwudi
Relooting the loots

For many years, the Nigerian antigraft agency, the EFCC has been allegedly recovering funds looted by prominent office holders. Read more...

Submitted by
Daniel Evo
The way forward to achieve peace ...

Nigeria as a country has failed in many ways such as religion, ethnicity ,believe, leadership,Democratic conduct. Read more...