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Summary: 8 February 2013, Brussels - An advance party of the mission EUTM Mali has arrived today in Bamako, ahead of the launch of the mission planned in mid-February. The team of about 70 personnel will finalise with the Malian authorities the system for providing advice to the chain of command, and prepare in Bamako the setting-up of the headquarters and the arrival of the trainers for the mission. The date of the mission launch will mark the beginning of the advice component to the Malian army, while the beginning of the training for soldiers is scheduled for early April.
In parallel, the process of force generation continues with the aim of providing the final staff and equipment which are needed. A number of Member States have already offered contributions, thus allowing the fulfilment of most of the needs. It is now for the Member States to continue their discussions and make necessary adjustments as soon as possible to allow the launch of EUTM Mali.