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Senate endorses AFL-troop deployment to Mali

By Charles Coffey
A standing AFL Platoon ready to take on ECOWAS's peace assigment
A standing AFL Platoon ready to take on ECOWAS's peace assigment

(lbsonline/Liberia)-The Liberian Senate has finally endorsed President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf’s communication seeking the Senate’s approval for a Liberian troop to be sent to Mali.

The Senate concurred with President Johnson-Sirleaf during its Thursday 31st January, 2013 deliberations.

The Senate’s decision follows the appearance of Defense, Justice and Finance Ministers at the Capitol recently.

The Ministers were recently cited by the Senate to provide information on the security and financial implications of sending a Liberian troop to Mali.

Defense Minister, Brownie Samukai, said: “The AFL is trained and prepared to take on assignment in Mali.”
Minister Samukai made the statement in justification of government’s decision to send troop to Mali.

“Government will be responsible for the troop for a ninety- day period before the ECOWAS body can take charge,” he also told the Senate.

President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf recently communicated with the Senate, seeking its concurrence, for a platoon of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) to be sent to Mali on a peace-keeping mission.


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