AU renews calls for assistance to Mali

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has renewed its call for all its member states to contribute directly to the Malian army to better equip it against an Islamist insurgency in the northern part of the country.

AU Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said while efforts continue to ensure the deployment of a robust African-led International Support Mission to Mali (AFISMA), moves to re-arm the Malian military and contribute towards its training must be intensified to deal with the crisis in the country.

The AU also called on Mali's caretaker President Dioncounda Traore to provide a clear transitional process outlining the key steps to be taken towards the holding of credible polls.

“There are positive developments in Mali,” Dlamini-Zuma told a Summit of the AU’s Peace and Security Council (PSC) on Mali Friday. “The appointment of the new Prime Minister Django Cissoko and the formation of the new unity government bring coherence.”

She said the recent attacks launched by the armed rebels in northern Mali was a “grave reminder” of the continuing threat of terrorist groups operating in the Sahel region.

Meanwhile, the AU Commission chief has warned the former junta against its continuing interference in the running of the interim government, which led to the forced resignation of the former PM Cheick Modibo Diarra.
-0- PANA AO/SEG 26Jan2013

26 january 2013 10:56:12

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