West African Top Military Chiefs to Meet over Mali Conflict
Yamoussoukro, Apr 4 (Prensa Latina-RHC) The government of Cote d'Ivore announced the general Chiefs of Staff of West African countries will meet in Abidjan on Thursday to evaluate the situation created in Mali by a recent coup d'etat.
The military chiefs of the 15 member states of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) will accomplish the regional group's order of preparing for the deployment of a sub regional military force to face up the conflict.
The activation and enlargement of the 2000 troops of ECOWAS, presided by Cote d'Ivore, are topics to be discussed in the meeting in Abidjan. ECOWAS threatened with a military intervention and announced a total embargo against Mali during a summit in Senegal on Monday, which coincided with the state of alert order to those soldiers. The President of the Ivory Coast, Alassane Ouattara, said that all diplomatic, economic, financial, and other measures are applicable to the Malian case.