BRUSSELS Jan 17 European Union governments
agreed on Thursday to go ahead with a plan to send hundreds of
military personnel to train Malian government forces in fighting
Islamist rebels, as a civil war Mali spilled across its borders,
an EU diplomat said.
Senior diplomats from the EU's 27 governments took a
decision to set up the training mission, which was already in
the planning in recent weeks, shortly before an emergency
meeting of the bloc's foreign ministers in Brussels to discuss
the crisis in the Sahara.
"(Ambassadors) have agreed," said an EU diplomat.
The mission will comprise about 200 military trainers as
well as some security personnel.