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European Union´s “country building” mission in Mali.

Africa Security News.- Mali Police

Africa Security News.- Mali Police

19.04.14. MALI.-

The EU -European Union- agreed last  Tuesday to send civilian advisers to train and advise Mali’s police while also extending by two years a mission to train the army, until May 2016.

EU police experts will give advice and training to the three internal security forces in Mali, the police,  National Guard and Gendarmerie.

European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said in a public statement the new EU mission showed the organization’s commitment to supporting institutional reform in Mali and would “help build a lasting solution to Mali’s security challenges”.

The mission will be based in Mali’s capital Bamako and last initially for two years, the statement said.

The extension of the EU operation, which has around 560 in its staff, will allow military training of four additional battalions of the Malian armed forces.