Addis Ababa, 29 January 2013: As a follow-up to the relevant AU decisions on the situation in Mali and subsequent to the consultative meeting between the AU and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) of 16 January 2013 on the implementation of Security Council resolution 2085 (2012) that authorized the deployment of the African-led International Support Mission in Mali (AFISMA), the Chairperson of the AU Commission, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, convened today a meeting that brought together AU, ECOWAS and United Nations senior representatives. The President of the ECOWAS Commission, Mr. Kadré Désiré Ouédraogo, UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman, and UN Special Representative for West Africa, Saïd Djinnit attended the meeting. The AU delegation included Deputy Chairperson Erastus Mwencha, Peace and Security Commissioner Ramtane Lamamra, and High Representative for Mali and the Sahel, former President Pierre Buyoya.

This meeting marked the official launching of the Mali Integrated Task Force (MITF), whose establishment was agreed upon by the three organizations. Located at the AU Headquarters, the MITF comprises representatives of the AU, ECOWAS and the UN, as core members, and could include those of other African and international stakeholders. It is mandated to provide strategic guidance for the conduct and coordination of AFISMA operations, as well as on all issues relating to the political process in Mali and the human rights and the humanitarian situation in the country. 

Today’s meeting, which took place immediately after the closing of the donors’ conference for AFISMA and Malian Defense and Security Forces, provided an opportunity to discuss on immediate steps to be taken to expedite the deployment of the AFISMA troops and establish its Mission’s Headquarters in Bamako, ensure its sustenance and further mobilize the international community in support of African efforts in Mali.

The MITF will meet frequently at the Principals and various other levels.


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