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A platoon of AFL for ECOWAS Peace-Keeping

By Ferricks Dainsee
The CIC of the Armed Forces of Liberia, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
The CIC of the Armed Forces of Liberia, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf

(lbsonline/Liberia)-Liberia’s renew decision reached, is to integrate a platoon of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) into the ECOWAS Peace-Keeping battalions in the Republic of Mali.

The decision was reached at a special ECOWAS Summit held Saturday January 19, 2013 in La cote d’Ivoir, where the Commander-In-Chief of Liberia, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf represented the country.

“The decision to send Liberian Peace-Keepers to Mali is to show solidarity to the Malian people”, the Liberian Leader said.

“The decision is also aimed at showing appreciation to all countries, including Mali, who assisted Liberia during its 15 years of conflict”.

President Sirleaf said: “The offer was gladly received by ECOWAS and the Malian People”.

“Details of the Liberian troop’s departure will be finalized by the Defense, Foreign and other line ministries, and agencies of government”, the Liberian Leader ensures.
During the summit, there was report of progress on the Guinea Bissau crisis and that the dialogue for peace and democratic elections are rapidly progressing”, she also said.

The Liberian leader said: “Most of the West African countries have endorsed the decision to sent troops to Mali to protect the territorial integrity of the country’s northern region and promote democracy in the West African nation”.

“Donor countries and international organizations, including the African Union, who also participated in the summit, focused on Mali and Guinea Bissau.

They have pledged their support to France’s intervention and the move by ECOWAS”, the President told reporters at the airport.

If all goes well, Liberia’s planned contribution to the Malian crisis at peace-keeping level will be the second to international peace-keeping duty.

The first was in Congo in the 1960s, when Liberia contributed to such international engagement in that African nation.


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