In Mali, Germany wants to distinguish itself from France
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It took weeks for the members of the German government to come to an agreement. They finally decided, on November 22, to withdraw their troops from Mali in less than two years, where they are currently participating in the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (Minusma).

“One after another, states are ending their military presence in the country,” comment Der Spiegel. The United Kingdom and Ivory Coast have both announced that they will leave the area by the summer of 2023. France has already withdrawn its troops. But the German government’s proposal differs from the French, British and Ivorian strategies.

The approximately 1,200 Bundeswehr soldiers taking part in the Minusma peacekeeping mission will only leave the scene in May 2024, after the next Malian elections, supposed to put an end to the power of the junta, in place since the coup. State of August 2020. The plan of the government of Olaf Scholz – which still has to be voted on by the German parliament – ​​thus proposes to“supervise the implementation of a transition [démocratique]”.

A well-thought-out compromise

Across the Rhine, some newspapers see in this strategy “failure” UN forces – and leaves

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