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AFL not ready for foreign mission

By Jos Garneo Cephas
Personnel of the Armed Forces of nLiberia(AFL)
Personnel of the Armed Forces of nLiberia(AFL)

(lbsonline/Liberia)-The regional leaders of West Africa have agreed to deploy about 3,300 soldiers to engage the Islamist extremists in the North of   Mali.

The Liberian President, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, while in Paris, recently expressed Liberia’s un readiness   to contribute soldiers to the ECOWAS’ operation in Mali. 

“We have a new army that has just been trained in the last few years. Some of them are just reaching the training level to become officers. They are doing well helping to keep our borders safe but they do not have that kind of combat readiness that will be required to intervene in Mali,” President Sirleaf said.

An Extraordinary session of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government Summit held in Abuja, Nigeria, also considered the situation in Guinea Bissau.

A communiqué was adopted among others as the prefer option. The communiqué also call for a harmonized concept of operations for the deployment of the African-led international stabilization force in Mali.

The communiqué is also requesting the Peace and Security Council of the African Union to endorse the concept and its transmission to the United Nations Security Council by November 2012.

ECOWAS has reiterated its decision that the interim President, the Prime Minister, and other members of the Malian Transitional Government will not be allowed to contest the next presidential elections, as a roadmap to be crafted within 15 days by the Transitional Government.

The Cote d’ Ivoire President, Alassane Outtara has expressed hope that the troops would be  deployed  the  as early as possible the United Nations approves the military plan in early December.

The UN had early given African leaders 45 days since October to draw up a plan for military intervention for the retake of north Mali.

The UN has warned that the Islamist militias operating in Mali are imposing a harsh version of Sharia law on the areas they controlled and that forced marriage, forced prostitution, and rape are becoming widespread.


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