From AP: The Czech government has approved the deployment of up to 50 troops in Mali as part of a planned EU military training mission.
Prime Minister Petr Necas says the soldiers are expected to leave for the training in April after the mission is approved by Parliament.
From CTK: French General Francois Lecointre, who will command the mission, would like to send the first [EU] troops to Mali in mid-February.
They are to contribute to the cooperation with the Mali military command and rapid reorganisation of the local units.
Officially, the [EU] mission may start on February 12 or 18. . . .
The [Czech] government is considering arming a battalion of the Malian army and sending the instructors. (photo: Radio Prague)