ABIDJAN Jan 12 West African regional bloc
ECOWAS will begin sending soldiers to Mali by Monday as part of
a mission to drive al Qaeda-linked fighters from the country's
north, an Ivory Coast government official said on Saturday.
"Monday by the latest the troops will be there or will have
started to arrive ... We need to retake the northern part (of
Mali) occupied by the jihadists," said Ali Coulibaly, Ivory
Coast's African Integration Minister.
Ivory Coast's President Alassane Ouattara currently holds
the rotating chairmanship of ECOWAS.