Addis Ababa February 03/2013 The Support and Follow-up Group on the situation in Mali will convene its 3rd meeting in Brussels on 5 February 2013, hosted by the European Union (EU), the African Union (AU) said.
According to a statement AU sent to ENA, the meeting will bring together the AU, the Economic Community of West African States, (ECOWAS), the United Nations (UN), the neighbouring countries of Mali and other countries of the region, among others.
The meeting will provide an opportunity to review among other efforts aimed at regaining control of the northern part of Mali and restoring state authority, the political process and preparations for holding of elections.
It will also discuss the overall situation in the Sahel, with particular focus on coordination of efforts and enhancement of synergies to effectively address the long-term economic, environmental and security challenges facing the region.
The meeting is expected to contribute to enhancing the international momentum on the situation in Mali and expediting the resolution of the multi-dimensional crisis facing the country.
The Support and Follow-up Group was established by the AU Peace and Security Council in March 2012 to facilitate coordinated international action with respect to the situation in northern Mali.
It has so far held two meetings: in Abidjan and Bamako, according to the statement.