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Guinea-Bissau says military reform requires funding
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Bissau (AFP) Aug 19, 2011

Guinea-Bissau is ready to reform its military and only needs the international community to provide funding to do so, an aide to President Malam Bacai Sanha said on Friday.

"For now, the armed forces are ready for security reform. They're awaiting financial means from the international community to advance the reforms," the president's security advisor, Iancuba Joola Indjai, said.

He was speaking to reporters after a meeting between the president and military chiefs-of-staff.

In 2009, the army said it could reduce its size from 10,000 troops to 3,400 in a country of 1.5 million people.

A year before that, the European Union had begun a mission to reform Guinea-Bissau's military, but suspended the programme when the military chief at the time was toppled.

The small west African nation has seen repeated coups since independence from Portugal in 1974, with its powerful army seen as controlling the country and handing out summary justice.

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