Status: 06/30/2022 03:06
The UN Security Council has extended the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali, in which the Bundeswehr also participates, for one year. 13 of the 15 members of the UN’s most powerful body voted for a new term – China and Russia abstained.
The UN Security Council has extended the blue helmets’ mission in Mali for a year. The mandate of the operation now runs until June 30, 2023, according to a resolution tabled by France, which was approved by 13 of the 15 members of the council. Russia and China abstained.
However, Mali has announced that it cannot guarantee UN access to investigate human rights abuses – the government reserves the right not to allow future investigations.
Increasingly serious situation in Mali
The Security Council expressed its “deep concern” over the growing deterioration of the political and security situation in the West African country. Mali has been going through a deep crisis since 2012. At the time, a riot prompted mutinous soldiers to overthrow the government.
The power vacuum has bolstered Islamist militants, who were forced out of urban centers in 2013 by a French-led military operation. However, extremist groups linked to al-Qaeda and the Islamic State terrorist militia remain active, having invaded more populated areas of central Mali from areas in the north since 2015. They carry out attacks there, some of them serious. , and sow discord between the ethnic groups of the region.
The junta hired Russian mercenaries
The army took power in Mali in the summer of 2020 after a coup. It has severed its ties with the former colonial power France and moved closer to Russia. The junta has also hired mercenaries from the Russian Wagner Group to fight the jihadists, whom the European Union and human rights groups have accused of massive violations of human rights and international law. The Kremlin has denied any connection to the Wagner group, but Western experts see them as a tool of Russian President Vladimir Putin.