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Mali: EU training mission and presidential elections

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Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Mali: EU training mission and presidential elections

An EU's training mission in Mali will start as soon as March or April, the EU Foreign Affairs Council on 18 February 2013 announced. The objective of the mission is to support the training and reorganisation of the Malian Armed Forces.
The mission will provide advice and military training to the Malian Armed Forces, covering matters such as command and control, logistics and human resources as well as international humanitarian law, the protection of civilians and human rights. The mission will not be involved in combat operations.
In the same time, France plans to start withdrawing its soldiers from the region next month.
Also, nationwide presidential elections will be held in Mali on 7 July, with legislative elections following on 21 July,  the interim administration has announced.
Following the Malian government's adoption of a transition roadmap which aims to restore democracy and stability through an election process, the EU has decided to resume its development cooperation with Mali, frozen after a coup threw the country into disarray, just a month before the planned elections, due in April 2012.

Source: BBC News, Council of the EU