Mali Crisis -
  • French FM to attend ECOWAS summit
    18 january 2013 22:28:47
    Paris, France (PANA) – The French foreign affairs minister, Laurent Fabius, will represent his country at the summit of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) planned for Saturday in the Ivorian city of Abidjan, according to a statement in Paris.Full text...

  • Nigeria deploys 2 jet fighters to Mali, helicopter gunships arrive Saturday
    18 january 2013 18:29:51
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Two Dassault-Breguet Dornier Alpha fighter jets took off Friday from the Nigerian capital Abuja to assume duty as part of the first deployment of the Nigerian air component contingent in Mali, PANA reported from here.Full text...

  • Malian caretaker president to attend ECOWAS summit in Abidjan
    18 january 2013 15:35:17
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – Mali’s caretaker president, Dioncounda Traore, is expected in the Ivorian economic capital, Abidjan, where he will attend Saturday's extraordinary summit of ECOWAS heads of state on the current situation in Mali, official sources told PANA here Friday. Full text...

  • Togo sends 732 soldiers to Mali
    18 january 2013 14:35:15
    Lome, Togo (PANA) - Some 100 soldiers, from a contingent of 732 pledged by Togo, have left for Bamako to join the International Support Mission in Mali (MISMA), PANA learnt from official sources here Friday.Full text...

  • AI hails ICC decision to probe conflict crimes in Mali
    18 january 2013 14:23:10
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The announcement earlier in the week that the International Criminal Court (ICC) will open an investigation into crimes under international law committed over the past year in Mali is a crucial step towards justice for the victims, Amnesty International (AI) said.Full text...

  • Beninese troops leave for Mali war
    18 january 2013 13:53:18
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) – The 300 soldiers, pledged by the Beninese government to assist in the war in Mali, left for Bamako on Friday, official sources told PANA here. Full text...

  • ECOWAS to hold extraordinary summit on Mali
    17 january 2013 22:32:29
    Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) – Leaders in the West African sub-region will on Saturday, 19 January hold an extraordinary summit in the Ivorian city of Abidjan to take additional measures aimed at solving the Malian crisis following the seizure of the north by Islamists.Full text...

  • Malian city of Diabali still under the control of Jihadists
    17 january 2013 21:31:19
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The city of Diabali, in central Mali, which was attacked on Monday by armed islamist groups, is still under the control of the rebels, the Malian News Agency (AMAP) told PANA on Thursday. Full text...

  • Malian FM: 'Terrorists who attacked Mali will be defeated'
    17 january 2013 21:16:48
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The terrorist groups which have attacked Mali will be defeated, the Malian foreign affairs minister, Tieman Hubert Coulibaly, declared in Brussels on Thursday. Full text...

  • French General Lecointre to head European military mission in Mali
    17 january 2013 20:53:53
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The extraordinary council of ministers of foreign affairs of the European Union (EU) has appointed French General François Lecointre as commander of the European Military Command in Mali (EUTM). Full text...

  • President Mahama to attend ECOWAS summit
    17 january 2013 20:05:22
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's President John Dramani Mahama will attend the emergency summit of the Economic Community of West African Sates (ECOWAS) scheduled for the main Ivorian city of Abidjan to discuss the crisis in Mali. Full text...

  • Jonathan to attend ECOWAS Summit in Abidjan
    17 january 2013 19:27:07
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan will leave for Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire, Friday to attend an Extraordinary Session of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government, ahead of the full deployment of the community’s troops to Mali.Full text...

  • Nigerian troops leave for Mali, Air Force jets join Friday
    17 january 2013 19:14:37
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The first set of the Nigerian contingent being deployed to Mali left the Nigerian Air Force Base, Kaduna, in central Kaduna State, Thursday. Full text...

  • Nigerian Senate endorses deployment of troops to Mali
    17 january 2013 18:07:18
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian Senate Thursday unanimously endorsed the federal government’s deployment of troops for peace-enforcement duty to the crisis-torn Mali. Full text...

  • Malian Foreign minister expected in Brussels on Thursday
    16 january 2013 22:25:40
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The Malian foreign affairs minister, Tieman Hubert Coulibaly, is expected on Thursday in Brussels where he will take part in an extraordinary meeting of the Council of EU foreign affairs ministers devoted to Mali, European official sources said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Mali: Belgium to provide logistic support to France
    16 january 2013 14:25:52
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – Belgium has sent two war planes, two helicopters equipped with medical facilities, and 75-strong troops to support France in their offensive against Islamist groups in Mali, official sources in Brussels told PANA Wednesday.Full text...

  • France to give logistic support to African troops in Mali
    16 january 2013 11:34:57
    Paris, France (PANA) - France will provide logistic support to the African troops deployed to Mali to help in the fight against Islamist groups advancing southwards, the French Defence Minister, Jean Yves Le Drian, told a press conference here Tuesday. Full text...

  • France says military strikes not targeting Malian Tuareg
    16 january 2013 11:18:55
    Paris, France (PANA) - The French Defence Minister, Jean Yves Le Drian, said Tuesday in Paris that his country's military action was not directed at Malian Tuareg for whom France has always expressed "respect and consideration". Full text...

  • France expects quick deployment of African troops to Mali
    15 january 2013 19:05:55
    Paris, France (PANA) – France is expecting a quick deployment of African military contingents to Mali and is considering to make available logistic means to them, the French Foreign Affairs Minister, Laurent Fabius, said Monday in Paris. Full text...

  • Guinea to send 125 soldiers to Mali
    15 january 2013 14:35:05
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) - The Guinean government has said it will soon send a small contingent of 125 soldiers to Mali to participate in the liberation of the Northern part of the embattled West African country from Islamist groups bent on imposing Sharia in the area.Full text...

  • Niger national security council discusses Malian crisis
    15 january 2013 12:20:33
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - The Niger National Security Council meets here Tuesday, under the chairmanship of President Mahamadou Issoufou, to examine measures which will address the current insecurity in Mali after hostilities began between the regular army and armed groups occupying the northern part of the country. Full text...

  • Benin to send 300 soldiers to Mali
    14 january 2013 21:08:58
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) – Benin will send 300 soldiers to Mali within the framework of the West African force to help liberate the northern part of the country, which was seized early last year by Islamists, the Beninese army chief of staff, Denis Houssou Gbessemehlan, said in Cotonou on Monday. Full text...

  • Protect civilians, Amnesty tells Mali combatants
    14 january 2013 19:45:07
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - All parties to the armed conflict in Mali must ensure that civilians are protected, Amnesty International urged Monday as military attacks by French forces continued. Full text...

  • Ghana ready to send troops to Mali
    14 january 2013 14:41:22
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Ghana will contribute troops to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) peacekeeping force for Mali, the Ghana Armed Forces announced on Monday. Full text...

  • BREAKING NEWS: ECOWAS holds extra-ordinary summit on Mali Wed
    12 january 2013 12:50:18
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is to hold an extra-ordinary summit on Mali Wednesday in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, PANA reported from here Saturday. Full text...

  • President Compaore to reconvene Mali peace talks
    08 january 2013 16:48:54
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - ECOWAS Mediator for Mali, Burkina's President Blaise Compaore, has announced a plan to bring the country's (Mali) stakeholders back to the table for talks aimed at ending the prolonged political and humanitarian crisis in the country Full text...

  • Ex-coup leader denies former Malian PM is under house arrest
    12 december 2012 10:54:00
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The head of Mali's former military junta, Captain Amadou Aya Sanogo, Tuesday denied reports, saying that Prime Minister, Cheick Modibo Diarra, who resigned along with his entire government was arrested and placed under house arrest. Full text...

  • France condemns circumstances of Malian PM's resignation
    11 december 2012 22:01:53
    Paris, France (PANA) – France has condemned the circumstances in which the Malian Prime minister, Cheikh Modibo Diarra, was on Monday night forced to resign, describing it as a "coup" perpetrated by the former military junta led by Captain Amadou Sanogo. Full text...

  • Malian political parties reject MNLA autonomy demand
    05 december 2012 20:28:12
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – About 20 political parties and civil society organizations under the umbrella Alliance of Patriotic Democrats to End the Crisis (ADPS) has rejected the demand of autonomy by the National Movement for the Liberation of Azaward (MNLA), which has taken control of parts of northern Mali, saying this is a hidden declaration of independence marked by racism. Full text...

  • France urges quick military action to rout rebels from northern Mali
    05 december 2012 18:36:14
    Paris, France (PANA) – France has said that an African military operation should start immediately in a bid to retake control of northern Mali, currently in the hands of armed groups Full text...

  • Belgian special forces officer visits Mali
    04 december 2012 20:46:21
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – An officer from the Belgian special forces is in Bamako to prepare for an European military intervention to support ECOWAS forces in Mali to retake control of the north of the country.Full text...

  • Morocco calls for peaceful resolution of Mali conflict
    20 november 2012 21:09:05
    Rabat, Morocco (PANA) - Morocco on Tuesday urged the international community to help preserve the unity, stability and territorial integrity of Mali, whose northern half has been seized by rebels and Islamists. Full text...

  • Military intervention in Mali draws closer - ECOWAS
    07 november 2012 15:44:23
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - A meeting of the ECOWAS Joint Military Chiefs of Staff, which ended Tuesday in Bamako, has paved the way for a military intervention to liberate northern Mali, occupied by Islamic groups and Tuareg rebels. Full text...

  • Ansar Dine calls for cessation of hostilities in Mali
    07 november 2012 14:24:39
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Ansar Dine, one of the Islamist groups occupying northern Mali, has said it is ready to commit "immediately" to a process of political dialogue with the country’s transitional authorities. Full text...

  • Somali military court to try uniformed officers
    24 october 2012 17:34:25
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Somalia's little-known military court, asserting its authority, has announced plans to hear crimes committed by uniformed officers for violations committed during the country's long-drawn civil conflict, the UN said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Malian MPs reaffirm commitment to country’s territorial integrity
    19 october 2012 22:18:55
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – Malian parliamentarians on Friday adopted a resolution on the crisis in their country reaffirming their "total support" for national territorial integrity and sovereignty.Full text...

  • AU tables Mali peacekeeping plan, urges urgent crisis solution
    19 october 2012 21:54:29
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has tabled its draft strategic military concept that supports the deployment of a peacekeeping force in Mali, but says it is still subject to a UN Security Council approval. Full text...

  • AU chief arrives on first mission to avert Mali split
    18 october 2012 17:48:25
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission's first woman Chairperson, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, has arrived in Bamako, Mali, vowing to help the West African State to regain statehood and unity, the AU said Thursday. Full text...

  • France reaffirms support to African military action in Mali
    14 september 2012 21:16:16
    Paris, France (PANA) – France says it is willing to support an African military action against armed Islamist groups which have occupied northern Mali, the spokesperson for the French foreign Affairs ministry, Philippe Lalliot, said on Friday in Paris. Full text...

  • French president reaffirms support for military intervention in Mali
    28 august 2012 20:48:12
    Paris, France (PANA) – French president François Hollande has urged all countries wishing to see an end of the crisis in northern Mali to support military intervention to flush out Islamic extremists who have seized the area. Full text...

  • Mauritanian President rules out Mali troops deployment
    06 august 2012 12:10:32
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - The Mauritanian army will not intervene in northern Mali, occupied for several months by armed groups, Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz said Sunday evening in Atar, 500 kilometres north of the capital, Nouakchott. Full text...

  • Dioncounda Traore takes measures to end ongoing crisis in Mali
    30 july 2012 16:43:15
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Setting the tone to end the current political crisis in his country, the interim president of Mali, Dioncounda Traore, has suggested the establishment of a High Council of State (HCE) which will be charged with managing the transition in Bamako. Full text...

  • UN calls for immediate action to check humanitarian disaster in Mali
    27 july 2012 13:57:46
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN has called for immediate action to tackle Mali’s current humanitarian crisis, which is driven by food insecurity, malnutrition, population displacement and widespread insecurity. Full text...

  • Worsening situation in Mali worries Ban
    02 july 2012 07:35:26
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed concern over the worsening security and humanitarian situation in northern Mali, and by reports that mausoleums in the ancient city of Timbuktu have been destroyed. Full text...

  • Mauritanian opposition leader slams his country’s interference in Malian crisis
    24 june 2012 13:39:26
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Mauritanian opposition leader, Ahmed Ould Daddah, has slammed the his government's "inteference" in the crisis in northern Mali. Full text...

  • Mali to improve conditions of service for military personnel
    13 june 2012 15:35:47
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The Malian government Tuesday adopted a bill, setting up a national committee to work out reforms within the military and improve the working and living conditions of members of the security forces. Full text...

  • Mali to compensate war victims
    13 june 2012 14:46:51
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Victims of the war in the northern part of Mali will be compensated under a bill adopted Tuesday by the government during a cabinet meeting here. Full text...

  • Malian PM sues for calm following attack on interim president
    22 may 2012 17:24:42
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – Mali Prime Minister, Modibo Diarra, on Monday urged his compatriots to remain calm, urging them to stop their protest marches following the attack on the transition president, Dioncounda Traore. Full text...

  • ECOWAS warns CNRDRE, may reinstate targeted sanctions on Mali
    14 may 2012 12:30:03
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Peeved by the continuing moves by Mali's ex-junta to disrupt the country's political transition, ECOWAS on Monday warned the CNRDRE that represents the junta which seized power in the country in March to turn a new leaf or face the reinstatement of targeted sanctions. Full text...

  • Malian envoy, rebels meet in Nouakchott
    16 april 2012 12:17:07
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Mali may have turned to Mauritania to help broker peace between it and the Tuareg rebels who have seized the northern part of the country. Full text...

Special File - Mali Crisis

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