EU, AU sign 50 mln euro agreement to fight against Boko Haram

BRUSSELS, Aug 1 (KUNA) — The European Commission and the African Union Commission signed in Brussels on Monday an agreement on 50 million euro support from the European Union (EU)’s “African Peace Facility” to the Lake Chad Basin Commission Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) in its fight against Boko Haram.
Over the past months, countries of the region have made great efforts in providing a coordinated regional response by deploying the MNJTF under the authority of the Lake Chad Basin Commission, said a joint communiquأ© released by EU High Representative Federica Mogherini Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica and African Union (AU) Commissioner for Peace and Security Smail Chergui The EU support will allow for the construction and maintenance of MNJTF headquarters in Ndjamena as well as of sector Headquarters in Cameroon and Niger.
It will also provide transport and communication assets to the force headquarters, allowing for effective coordination and command of military operations, it said.
It added that these assets, including vehicles, aerial transportation and reconnaissance capacities and a command, control, communication and information system, will put the central command in a position to co-ordinate operations among troop in their respective territories and help prevent Boko Haram’s ability to move across borders. (end) nk.msa