Int'l Support Mission for Mali to begin operations on Friday
Baku-APA. The International Support Mission for Mali (MISMA) will effectively begin its operations on Jan. 18 to Nov. 23, 2013, the chairman of the Committee of the ECOWAS general chiefs of staff, Cote d'Ivoire's general Soumaila Bakayoko said on Thursday, APA reports quoting Xinhua.
At the end of the extraordinary meeting held in Bamako between Jan. 15 to 16, four countries which include Niger, Nigeria, Burkina Faso and Togo agreed to send their ground forces to Mali between Tuesday and Thursday next week.
"The Nigerien battalion is already stationed near the border with Mali and it's ready to begin operations. Nigerian troops are expected at the Bamako Senou airport on Thursday afternoon.The Togolese battalion is scheduled to arrive on Saturday while that from Burkina Faso will arrive on Jan. 22," Bakayoko said.
Each of the countries will send a contingent of 500 soldiers on the ground. However, Togo will send additional 56 members of the medical team who will set up treatment centers for the benefit of MISMA while Ghana will send a team of military engineers and Sierra Leone will send a maintenance battalion.
Bakayoko said that it's not due to lack of willingness that other countries will not join their Malian brothers to fight the militants. He mentioned countries like Senegal which already has 406 soldiers who are ready for the operation, just like Guinea, Gambia, Cape Verde and Guinea Bissau.
Between Thurday and Tuesday next, Bakayoko said, three countries will be on the ground to fight the rebels. They include the Malian forces and their French allies as well as the Nigeriens who are just waiting for orders to begin the operation from their side of the border.
The special representative of the Commission President of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Cheaka Aboudou Toure said the mandate of MISMA is to liberate Mali from the hands of the militants.
Toure revealed that Chad is ready to send between 1,000 and 1, 500 soldiers who will fight alongside the Malian and French forces but they will not be under the command of MISMA which he is leading.
A coordination center will be created soon to control the operations since the Malian forces will not also be under the command of MISMA.
General De Saint Quentin who is the commander of the French forces in Mali said more French officers will arrive in Mali over the week-end to reinforce the coordination center.
It's estimated that the cost of the MISMA force for a period of one year will be 240 million U.S. dollars. However, the foreign forces will take care of themselves for a period of three months and thereafter, they will be reimbursed.
Nigeria's general Sehy Oumar Abdul Kadry will be the commander of the MISMA forces and his deputy commander will be Yaya Garba from Niger. MISMA's chief of general staff will be colonel Jean Paul Ntab from Senegal.
Related news releases
- 04.10.2015Multiple bomb blasts in Nigerian capital, 15 dead
- 03.10.2015G20 ministers adopt energy action plan for Sub-Saharan Africa
- 02.10.2015Progress M-29M cargo spacecraft launched to space station
- 27.09.2015Gunfight kills 10 in central Mozambique
- 26.09.20152 policemen killed in explosion in Egypt's Sinai
- 26.09.2015Egyptian police kill nine Muslim Brotherhood members in Cairo raid
- 24.09.2015Egypt's Sisi pardons 100 prisoners, including Jazeera journalists
- 23.09.2015Boko Haram fighters die in clashes with Cameroon army
- 23.09.2015Death toll from Somalia attack on presidential palace hits 11
- 22.09.2015Burkina Faso army enters capital to disarm coup leaders
- 22.09.2015At least 80 people killed in bomb blasts in Nigeria's Borno state - UPDATED
- 22.09.201518 killed in road accident in Rwanda
- 22.09.2015At least 3 Al-Shabaab militants killed in central Somalia
- 22.09.2015At least 9 killed in blast near Somali presidential palace
- 19.09.201512 Somali soldiers fall in attack by al-Shabab militants south of Mogadishu
- 19.09.2015In Niger, U.S. soldiers quietly help build wall against Boko Haram
- 19.09.2015Burkina Faso military dissolves government, confirms coup
- 18.09.2015Gas explosion kills four near Nigeria's oil hub
- 17.09.2015Burkina Faso presidential guard seize president and PM
- 17.09.2015Azerbaijani President: "Azerbaijan will always support Turkey on every issue"
- 15.09.2015Egypt court ratifies execution for 8 Morsi loyalists
- 15.09.2015Six dead in Nigeria school collapse
- 11.09.2015Nigeria: Seven dead, 20 injured in IDP camp blast
- 11.09.2015OIC to meet Sunday to discuss tragedy of Syrian refugees
- 11.09.2015Muslim Brotherhood member shot dead in Egypt
- 09.09.2015Terror attack on Nairobi mall thwarted: Kenya police
- 06.09.201553 Brotherhood loyalists stand trial in Egypt over policeman murder
- 06.09.2015Morocco ruling party comes first in regional vote
- 05.09.2015Somali militants take two towns in Lower Shabelle region of Somalis
- 04.09.2015Egypt court issues 25 life sentences against 'Morsi supporters'
- 03.09.2015At least 18 killed in Mali boat accident
- 03.09.2015Boko Haram kills 25 in remote Nigerian villages: Sources
- 02.09.201519 AU Soldiers Killed in Somali Al-Shabab Attack
- 02.09.2015Boko Haram kills 25 in remote Nigerian villages: Sources
- 02.09.2015Nigeria army recaptures northeastern town from Boko Haram
- 01.09.2015Libya car bomb wounds one, damages office of Eni firm
- 31.08.2015140 illegal migrants feared dead: Libyan official
- 31.08.2015Six elite soldiers killed in eastern Congo ambush
- 31.08.2015Boko Haram kills nearly 80 in NE Nigeria villages: locals
- 30.08.2015Chad executes 10 Boko Haram members by firing squad: sources