AFISMAAfrican-Led International Support Mission to Mali (Economic Community of West African States)
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According to President Hollande, the objectives were to help the Malian military forces stop the jihadist thrust towards Bamako and repel them, assuring the security of the civilian population; to help Mali recover its territorial integrity and sovereignty; and to facilitate the implementation of international resolutions by a quick deployment of two complementary missions: AFISMA and the European Union Training Mission in Mali (EUTM).
First, although Resolution 2085 authorized military intervention, it expressly authorized only AFISMA, not France, to take "all necessary measures" to achieve the stated objectives.
The Yamoussoukro meeting, a follow-up to the 14-16 March 2013 meeting between AFISMA Headquarters and a UN technical team in Bamako, Mali, was briefed by the AFISMA Force Commander, Maj.-Gen.
recently pledged USD 96 million to support multinational AFISMA forces in Mali.
The Brussels talks will consider further support and training for the African force for Mali (AFISMA), as the 27-nation EU firms up a plan to send a 450-strong mission to train the poor nation's ramshackle army.
Providing assistance to the African-led International Support Mission to Mali (AFISMA) is one of the EU's priorities in Africa, the ministers said as they reiterated their readiness to provide further "significant support" through the African peace facility.
The EU has also expressed its willingness to provide financial support for the deployment of African-led support mission to Mali (AFISMA).
The European Commission announced, on 29 January, that it would contribute 50 million to support the African-led International Support Mission to Mali (AFISMA).
Ban stressed that the latest events underscore the urgency of implementing all aspects of resolution 2085, including support for Malian defence forces and the deployment of the African-led International Support Mission in Mali (AFISMA), which the Council authorized in that resolution.
Africa: African leaders and Western delegates will meet Tuesday to drum up support for the African-led mission in Mali, or AFISMA, after the African Union requested urgent support to bolster the force's strength.