France promise to support African Union bid for United Nations Support on Boko Haram
France has promised to do its best to back the African Union when they ask for the backing of the United Nations in the Five Nations joint operation against Boko Haram.Speaking while on an extended tour of Cameroon|Niger and Chad the French foreign Minister Laurent Fabius declared France's unalloyed support in an announcement sure to boost the confidence and legitimacy of the African Union initiative.Speaking "France's support for the integrated African reaction force is total. France will support a request of the African Union and other concerned countries for a resolution to be voted by the Security Council," Fabius said while in Niamey the capital of Niger.The African Union after a meeting in Ethiopia in February last month had issued a communique agreeing to set up a joint military force of 8700, consisting Niger |Chad | Cameroon | Benin and Nigeria.The latest move in relation to the United Nations is to get a proper mandate granted the initiative by the UN.
The French Foreign Minister remarking upon the change in momentum of the Nigerian troops"It is indispensable that Nigeria engages fully in the struggle against Boko Haram. Clearly, the last few actions of the Nigerian government are encouraging," he informed the gathering.
A joint force consisting troops from Niger |Chad |Cameroon and Nigeria with their headquarters in Baga,Bornu state are presently working together and have recorded a number of gains against Boko Haram Insurgents especially the last couple of weeks.
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