ECOWAS defence chiefs meet in Abidjan over Mali

Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The modalities for the transformation of the Africa-led International Support Mission in Mali (AFISMA) into a UN Mission will be discussed at a two-day meeting of the sub-Committee of the ECOWAS Chiefs of Defence Staff (CCDS), opening in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, on Saturday.

In a press statement, issued here Friday, the ECOWAS Commission said the UN Security Council had authorized the transformation of AFISMA into a 12,800-strong Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission (MINUSMA) by 1 July, 2013.

It said the CCDS seven-member sub-committee will also discuss AFISMA’s status of deployment.

The sub-committee is made up of the Chiefs of Defence Staff of Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Togo, Senegal and Côte d'Ivoire, as the chair.
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10 may 2013 17:50:16

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