AFISMA's transformation to MINUSMA: Meeting on final modalities holds Sunday

Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Defence and security chiefs of ECOWAS troop contributing countries were due to meet in Bamako, Mali, on Sunday (30 June) with UN officials to discuss the final modalities for the transformation of the African-led International Support Mission in Mali (AFISMA) into the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission Mission in Mali (MINUSMA).

An  ECOWAS Commission statement obtained by PANA here Sunday said the meeting was one of the key recommendations of the just-ended meeting of West African defence chiefs in Accra, Ghana.

Participating in the Bamako meeting, ahead of the 1 July transformation, include the nine ECOWAS troop contributing nations, ECOWAS Special Representative in Mali Abdou Cheaka Toure, who is also Deputy Head of AFISMA, and the Chairman of the Committee of Chiefs of Defence Staff (CCDS), Gen. Soumaila Bakayoko of Cote d'Ivoire.

The participants will discuss personnel, equipment and logistics issues with a view to ensuring a seamless transformation of the 6,237-AFISMA force into a 12,600-strong MINUSMA before Mali's national elections on 28 July.

The CCDS meeting also recommended that the operational capacity of the ECOWAS Mission in Guinea Bissau (ECOMIB) should be strengthened, especially with the provision of adequate accommodation and beefing up ahead of the crucial national elections in that country by the end of the year, and that the ECOWAS-supported Defence and Security Sector Reform Programme (DSSRP) should also be implemented effectively.
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30 june 2013 09:30:59

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