World Bulletin / News Desk
The European Union will hold an international aid conference on Mali in May, EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said on Monday.
France sent military forces to Mali in January. Since the French intervention, rebels have been pushed back from the main urban centres of northern Mali into the mountains and desert.
"I told the prime minister today about the European pledge to organise an international donors' conference in mid-May to help the reconstruction of Mali," Barroso told reporters after a meeting with Malian Prime Minister Django Cissoko in Brussels.
"This is one more demonstration of our commitment and our engagement with the stability, unity, democracy, and development of Mali. The Malian people can count on Europe," Barroso said.
The EU unblocked 250 million euros ($333.77 million) in frozen development aid to Mali last week, and distributed a first tranche of 20 million euros.
The aid had been frozen since the country's March 2012 coup, but the bloc resumed cooperation after noting signs of democratic progress.
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