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Mali again at the offensive Against France, this time before the United Nations. While the withdrawal of the Barkhane force ended at the start of the week, the Malian Minister of Foreign Affairs wrote a letter to the UN Security Council to denounce violations of Mali Airspace. Abdoulaye Diop also accuses the French army for supporting jihadists. The information was revealed by our colleagues from Jeune Afrique, but RFI was also able to obtain this letter.
The accusations of the Malian Minister of Foreign Affairs are not light: France would provide weapons, ammunition and intelligence to jihadist terrorists in Mali. The letter written by Abdoulaye Diop is dated August 15, the minister begins by listing a series of cases presented as "repetitive and frequent violations of Malian airspace by French forces": "Dones, helicopters or hunting planes Would have flown over Mali "without authorization" of Bamako.
Mali: Germany suspends its military operations after a new refusal of overflight (ministry)
© AFP/Archives The Germany announced Friday to suspend "until further notice" most of its military operations at Mali as part of the mission of the UN (Minusma), by denouncing a new refusal of overview by the Malian authorities. "The Malian government has once again refused to authorize a flight planned today" which was to ensure a staff rotation, said a spokesperson for the German Defense Ministry.
About fifty cases have been recorded since the start of the year. Abdoulaye Diop denounces "spy activities" and, even more serious, of "dropped parcels" by the French army, as in Labezanga on August 8.
Mali would have, according to Minister Diop, to "several elements" proving that these illegal incursions in the Malian sky "served France to collect information for the benefit of terrorist groups" "and to drop weapons and ammunition . "
A week ago, after thecamp which cost the life of 42 Malian soldiers, the Malian army claimed to have registered" clandestine and non -coordinated operations of overflight "proving that the terrorists - In this case the Sahelian branch of the Islamic State group- had benefited "from major support and external expertise.
Mali: The rotations of the contingents of the UN mission will resume
© Seyllou, AFP of German soldiers of the detachment of parachutists of Minusma are looking for explosive devices during a patrol on the Gao road in Gossi, In Mali, August 2, 2018. The rotations of the contingents of the UN mission in Mali (Minusma), suspended for a month, will resume on Monday with a new approval mechanism in a context of diplomatic tensions between Bamako and its partners, a spokesman for the mission said on Saturday.
No official reaction of France at this stage
last April, Mali had already denounced the violations of its airspace by the French army. It was right after the episode of the: bodies buried near a military camp rendered by Barkhane to the Malian forces. Charnier attributed by Mali to French soldiers and France to the Malian army and the Russian mercenaries of the Wagner group. Paris then denied any violation of Malian airspace and denounced attempts at "disinformation. "
In his letter, the Malian diplomacy chief requests an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council and threatens:" In the event of persistence of this posture which undermines the stability and security of our country , Mali reserves the right to make use of self -defense. "
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Bundeswehr deployment in Mali: Union requests special sessions in the Bundestag .
CDU and CSU require clarity as to whether the Bundeswehr's deployment in the West African Mali can continue. To this end, the defense and foreign committee should come together- even during the summer break. © Seyllou/ AFP Actually, the Bundestag will be still during the summer break in the coming week. However, the Union faction wants to bring the defense and the foreign committee together for a special meeting.