Mali and ECOWAS agree intervention
The government of Mali and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have agreed terms for the intervention of a ECOWAS military force to enter the country.
A force of about 3,300 ECOWAS troops are already believed to be in Mali to help the government take back the north of the country which is currently under Islamist rebel control, but a larger force is envisaged. The deal has taken some time to complete because of Malian fears about foreign troops entering the capital Bamako.
ECOWAS believes the intervention is necessary to prevent any further erosion of regional security, especially with the Boko Haram Islamist group problems in nearby Nigeria. The intervention will require the support of the United Nations Security council.