Representatives of various countries have been meeting in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. The conference was held to try and raise financial support for an international campaign aimed at ridding Mali of its militant Islamist rebels.
Tuesday announcements have been made committing some foreign force support in Mali. Canada and the UK currently maintain that any military involvement by either country is non-combatant, That could change.
The international donor conference raised $455.53m (£289m), in pledges, much less than was hoped. The Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara opened the conference. He claimed international mission would cost a staggering $950m. This is twice the amount estimated by the AU, African Union.
The BBC reports,
Japan pledged $120m, the US $96m and Germany $20m. India and China pledged $1m each, the AU said, the same as Sierra Leone, which will also contribute 650 troops to the African-led International Support Mission to Mali (Afisma). The national pledges cover Afisma, humanitarian assistance, logistics, improving security and the future development of Mali.
The money will also be used in a 'post-conflict' Mali.
A conference in Brussels will decide which countries will contribute to the EU military training mission for Mali. The former head of the British Army, General Sir Mike Jackson, warned that nations involved may face "protracted guerrilla warfare".
The range of countries supporting the French mission in Mali is telling. The situation is crucial and could spill out affecting the African continent and beyond. Citizens in countries such as the USA and the UK have no stomach for more conflict. It is costly, not least as far as military deaths and casualties goes.
With reports of summary executions in Mali pundits are predicting a long drawn out conflict.