News / Africa

ECOWAS Pleased With Military Offensive Against Mali Insurgents

French special forces drive through the city of Gao, Northern Mali, Jan. 30, 2013. French special forces drive through the city of Gao, Northern Mali, Jan. 30, 2013.
x
French special forces drive through the city of Gao, Northern Mali, Jan. 30, 2013.
French special forces drive through the city of Gao, Northern Mali, Jan. 30, 2013.
Peter Clottey
An official of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) says the first phase of the intervention in Mali is about to end following the success of the military offensive against Islamist militants in the West African nation.

ECOWAS political director Abdel-Fatau Musah says regional forces are being deployed to the liberated regions in northern Mali as part of an effort to secure the cities and reassure the residents.

“Arrangements are being made to move troops to secure the cities. There are forces from Niger and Chad who are in Gao. Forces from Burkina Faso are around Mopti and the Nigerian forces as also deploying to secure liberated zones. This is just the first phase of the operation,” said Musah.

His comments came after interim President Dioncounda Traore ruled out negotiations with the insurgents.

Musah says the Islamists mounted little resistance in the face of French and Malian troops and fled to their hideouts in the desert and the mountains.

“We anticipate a second phase of the war, which is going to be a sort of a guerrilla hit and run tactic,” said Musah. “AFISMA [African-led International Support Mission to Mali] is already preparing a contingency plan for that to occupy and secure the liberated zones. And to also take active measures to make sure that those forces that are on the run are neutralized, so that they don’t constitute a permanent threat in the desert.”

He says he is satisfied with the military intervention in Mali as ECOWAS readies plans for the next phase, which he says is to make sure the country can secure its territorial integrity.

Musah admits there were logistical challenges AFISMA faced during the deployment of troops to Mali.

“There are partners who are ready to assist, including the U.K., Canada, Sweden and others to airlift troops to the theater of operations. The U.N. is also working towards the logistics package to support it,” said Musah.

The United Nations has already established two funds - one for Mali and the other for AFISMA to help provide support for the military action in Mali.

So far, international donors at the African Union summit in Ethiopia pledged about $455 million to support efforts in Mali.

Meanwhile, the European Union plans to host a summit on the situation in Brussels, Belgium. ECOWAS, the African Union, the United Nations, Mali’s neighboring countries and other international partners are expected to be at the conference.

“That is going to discuss both the progress on the military front and progress as far as the institutional crisis is concerned. We are talking about internal dialogue and the roadmap, which has been proposed by the interim President Dioncounda Traore, which has been put before parliament now. That must lead to free and fair elections hopefully the end of July this year,” said Musah.

Clottey interview with Abdel-Fatau Musah, ECOWAS political director
Clottey interview with Abdel-Fatau Musah, ECOWAS political director i
|| 0:00:00
...    
🔇
X

You May Like

India PM Modi's party distances itself from religious conversions

BJP under fire for being slow to rein in hardline affiliate groups allegedly trying to promote a Hindu-dominant agenda by luring Muslims and Christians to convert to Hinduism More

Anti-Whaling Group Found in Contempt of Court

Radical environmentalists who threw acid and smoke bombs at Japanese whalers in the waters off Antarctica continue their campaign to disrupt Japan's annual whale hunt More

UN's Ban Urges End to Discrimination Against Ebola Workers

Ban was speaking in Guinea on the second day of a whistle-stop tour aimed at thanking healthcare workers of the countries at the heart of the epidemic More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Sudan School Becomes Target of Aerial Attacksi
X
December 19, 2014 12:45 AM
The school dropout rate is at an all-time high in Sudan's South Kordofan state because many schools have been destroyed during the three-year civil war between the government and SPLA-N rebel forces. Adam Bailes visited Sudan's Nuba Mountains' region and reports many children are simply too scared to go to school
Video

Video Sudan School Becomes Target of Aerial Attacks

The school dropout rate is at an all-time high in Sudan's South Kordofan state because many schools have been destroyed during the three-year civil war between the government and SPLA-N rebel forces. Adam Bailes visited Sudan's Nuba Mountains' region and reports many children are simply too scared to go to school
Video

Video VOA Reporter Tours Devastated Peshawar School

Islamist militants wearing military uniforms and strapped with explosives attacked a military run school Tuesday in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar. At least 141 people were killed in the horrific attack, most of them young students. VOA reporter Ayaz Gul visited the devastated school and attended the funeral of the principal who courageously tried to save her students from the deadly attack.
Video

Video Nigerians Fleeing Boko Haram Languish in Camp Near Capital

In its five-year effort to impose Islamic law in northeastern Nigeria, the Boko Haram extremist group has killed thousands of people and forced hundreds of thousands to flee. Some of those who ran for their lives now live in squalor on the edges of the capital, Abuja. Chris Stein reports for VOA.
Video

Video Putin Says Russian Economy Will Emerge Stronger

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said his country's sinking economy will not only recover but also become stronger, despite falling oil prices and Western sanctions over Ukraine. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports.
Video

Video Detained Turkish Journalists Follow Teachings of US-Based Preacher

The Turkish government’s jailing of critical journalists has sparked international condemnation and is being seen as an effort to undermine the followers of an ailing Turkish preacher based in the United States. VOA religion reporter Jerome Socolovsky has more.
Video

Video ‘Anti-Islamization’ Marches Increase Tensions In Germany

Anti-immigrant rallies in Germany have been building in recent weeks, peaking Monday night in the city of Dresden where tens of thousands of people turned out to demonstrate against what they call the ‘Islamization’ of the West. Germany has offered asylum to more Syrian refugees than any other country, and this appears to have set off the protests. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
Video

Video Aceh Rebuilt Decade After Tsunami, But Scars Remain

On December 26, 2004 there was an earthquake in the Indian Ocean so powerful it caused the Earth’s axis to wobble a few centimeters. Onshore on the island of Sumatra, the resulting tsunami was devastating. A decade later, VOA Correspondent Steve Herman reports from Banda Aceh, Indonesia, where although there is little remaining evidence of the physical devastation, the psychological scars among survivors remain.
Video

Video Refugees Living in Kenya Long for Peace in the Home Countries

Kenya is host to numerous refugees seeking safe haven from conflict. Immigrants from Somalia face challenges in their new lives in Kenya. Ahead of International Migrants Day (December 18) Lenny Ruvaga has more for VOA News from the Kenyan capital.

All About America

AppleAndroid