The EU brings forward the deployment of its training mission in Mali
Tieman Hubert Coulibaly, Minister for Foreign
Affairs of Mali, and Catherine Ashton, High Representative
for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
© European Union 2013
In the light of the recent developments in Mali, on 17 January 2013 the EU's Foreign Affairs Ministers decided to speed up the deployment of the military training mission in Mali (EUTM Mali).
The Council was united in condemning the aggression of terrorist groups and welcomed the quick response of France, supported by other EU member states.
"I am very concerned about the military movements initiated by terrorist groups in the north of Mali and condemn in the strongest terms their attacks against Malian forces and the occupation of the city of Konna", said High Representative Catherine Ashton. "This situation highlights the need for enhanced and accelerated international engagement in support of the restoration of stability and State authority throughout Mali, in line with UN Security Council Resolution 2085."
Ministers appointed French Brigadier General François Lecointre as the mission commander. The first technical team for this mission will start preparatory work in Mali in the coming days.
The mission is to provide training and advice to the Malian forces in order to help them restore the country's territorial integrity. It will provide basic military training as well as train and advise the Malian forces on command and control, logistics, human resources as well as on international humanitarian law, the protection of civilians and human rights. The mission will not be involved in combat operations.
The Council also discussed other possible EU actions in support of Mali, such as financial and logistical assistance for the deployment of the African-led International Support Mission to Mali (AFISMA), and other direct support to the Malian government to help it cope with the current situation. €50 million will be reserved for the deployment of AFISMA.
The EU remains in close touch with other international agencies, including the African Union, ECOWAS and the UN, to ensure a united international response to the situation.
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