21 January 2013

Liberia: AFL to Move Troops in Troubled Mali

Photo: Claire Soares/IRIN
Chadian soldiers on the move. (file photo)

The Republic of Liberia says it will contribute military troops to the peacekeeping mission in Mali as part of efforts to restore law and order in the North of that West African country which have been seized by Islamic militants.

Making the pronouncement over the weekend following her return from an extraordinary Summit of West African Heads of States in Abidjan, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf said Liberia will contribute a platoon that will be integrated in a battalion of ECOWAS troops.

"The donors who participated very actively in it have all endorsed the French's action and so as the ECOWAS states as well as the African Union which is represented there. I am pleased to report that Liberia for the first time in most recent years will now have peacekeeping troops", President Sirleaf announced at the Roberts International Airport.

She said the contribution of troops to peacekeeping effort is in demonstration of Liberia's solidarity to the people of Mali, ECOWAS, and appreciation to those who helped in restoring peace in Liberia.

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