|Armed Forces of Liberia soldiers stand in formation at Edward Kesselly Military Barracks.|
Making the disclosure at the Roberts International Airport in Liberia, President Johnson-Sirleaf told reporters Saturday, January 19 2012 that Liberia has pledged a platoon that will be integrated into one of the AFISMA peacekeeping battalions in Mali. President Sirleaf said that Liberia's decision to pledge a well-trained and well equipped military platoon to Mali is based on the fact of African solidarity to the people of West African, and to also show appreciation to Mali and its people who helped Liberia during our country's conflict or years of civil war.
President Sirleaf said West African countries have pledged their support fully to France for launching operations in Mali, within the framework of respect for the sovereignty of Mali and that is the International legality to halt the advance of the terrorist and extremist groups. This will be the first time since the 60s that Liberian military personnel will be send for peace keeping duties.