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W. Africa militaries make plan for post-coup Mali

W. Africa militaries make plan for post-coup Mali

The heads of West Africa's militaries are meeting to come up with a plan to intervene in Mali after a coup and a rebellion in the north.
The generals met Thursday in Ivory Coast at the request of the Economic Community of West African States, which has suspended Mali from its ranks after a March 21 coup.
ECOWAS has ordered a 2,000-strong force to be put on standby to possibly intervene in Mali. In addition to the coup in the capital, a rebel army has seized the northern half of the nation.
Ivory Coast's Deputy Defense Minister Paul Koffi Koffi said at the start of the meeting that the military chiefs needed to decide how many troops each country would send.
"I invite you," said Koffi, "to prepare a plan of operational action of deployment of the standby forces of ECOWAS."


Updated : 2021-10-26 06:49 GMT+08:00