The head of the committee, Algerian diplomat Ahmed Boutache, told the media at the end of the committee’s meeting in Bamako that “the joint patrols will begin in Gao with a battalion of 600 officers as from Aug. 15, 2016, and this will progressively be followed by other battalions to Timbuktu and Kidal.”
Regarding the construction of cantonment sites, the committee noted with satisfaction the availability of eight sites to receive ex-combatants as from Aug. 15, 2016.
The committee further noted the concrete actions taken by the Malian government with regards to setting up interim authorities.
The spokesman for the Coordination of Azawad Movements (CMA, ex-rebels) Mahamadou Djeri Maiga told the media the launch of joint patrols will facilitate the setting up of interim authorities and organization of tripartite missions of the CMA, the Platform (loyalist groups) and the government to make people understand that interim authorities were not formed by armed groups alone.
The spokesman for the Platform, Harouna Toureh, said the “joint patrols will be comprised of the Platform, CMA, UN peacekeepers and Barkhane, the French forces. Enditem
Source: Xinhua/News Ghana