World: Mali calls into question the defense and military cooperation agreement with France

Sanctions against Mali divide the UN Security Council

 Sanctions against Mali divide the UN Security Council © Timothy A. Clary, AFP on Tuesday, the sanctions decided by the Cédéao against Mali were on the program of a meeting of the Council of UN Security. The UN Security Council looked at Tuesday, January 11 on the situation in Mali and at the meeting, the members of the UN Council presented themselves divided on the issue.

Des véhicules de transports de troupe de l'opération Barkhane, au Burkina Faso, en novembre 2019. © AFP via Getty Images - Michele Cattani Troop transport vehicles of Operation Barkhane, Burkina Faso, November 2019.

The Prime Minister of the Malian transition recently stated that the clauses of this agreement signed in 2014 will be reviewed.

With our special envoy to Bamako, Franck Alexander

at the end of December, the French authorities were officially seized to renegotiate the defense agreements that bind the two countries. Signed early at the beginning of Operation Barkhane, they were renewed last year for five years. These defense agreements between a country and a foreign nation are mainly legal agreements. They are there to guarantee the protection of French soldiers and also fluidize military operations by allowing freedom of movement.

Mali: The authorities protest after the overview of a French military aircraft

 Mali: The authorities protest after the overview of a French military aircraft © RFI / Olivier FOUT An airplane from the French Operation Barkhane in Mali. (Illustration Image) The Cédéao has closed its borders with Mali as part of the sanctions of the regional institution to force Bamako to quickly organize elections. Mali responded by doing the same. But do these closures are also worth foreign military aircraft? The Malian government issued a protest after a big carrier of the French army cut off his radio to cross the Malian border and go to Gao.

And it is this freedom of movement that the Malian power wants to renegotiate. Last week, Bamako denounced a violation of its airspace by a logistic transport aircraft of Operation Barkhane.

renegotiate, this is equivalent to putting sticks in the French wheels, breath-on in Paris. France is just looking to save time. The answer to the Malian authorities is being elaborated, it is said, while stating that Malians did not ask for the termination of the agreements, but mere amendments. Negotiations only start.

The Mali insists that Denmark withdraws from the country .
Mali-Securite: Mali insists that Denmark withdraws his troops from the country © Reuters / Paul Lorgerie Mali insists that Denmark withdraws his troops from the country Bamako (Reuters) - The Malian government again asked Denmark on Thursday to withdraw its soldiers deployed in the country as part of an anti-terrorism mission led by France.

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