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Canada: Mali. Denmark will remove its troops after a new request from the Junte

Canadian-led battlegroup in Latvia at 'high readiness' amid NATO-Russia tensions

  Canadian-led battlegroup in Latvia at 'high readiness' amid NATO-Russia tensions OTTAWA — The Canadian commander of a multinational battlegroup in Latvia says he is working to ensure his troops have enough supplies and can talk to each other, as mounting tensions between the NATO military alliance and Russia feed fears of a new war in Europe. Canada has more than 500 soldiers in Latvia as part of a broader NATO reassurance mission first launched in 2017 in response to concerns about Russian aggression across eastern Europe. The Canadian contingent includes about 350 troops primarily from Valcartier, Que., who form the core of a 1,000-strong NATO battlegroup stationed in Camp Adazi, about 30 kilometres northeast of the Latvian capital of Riga.

Un avion C-130 Hercules danois lors de l’arrivée du matériel de la composante danoise de Takuba. © Forsvaret a Danish Hercules C-130 aircraft upon arrival of the material of the Danish Takuba component.

Denmark announced this Thursday, January 27th withdrawing his troops in Mali, in accordance with the requests supported by the military junta in power.

It's not a deployment; It's a raid (Express, even)!

The Danish contribution of 90 soldiers to TF Takuba will be withdrawn from the country, according to the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This force had deployed in Mali a few days ago in Menaka , in the south-east of the country.

This Danish decision follows the requirement of the Transitional Government of Mali that Denmark retires from the country where it would not have been formally authorized to deploy troops.

Mali renders a last tribute to the former President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta

 Mali renders a last tribute to the former President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta © Florent Vergnes, AFP A Malian military guard holds a portrait of the delegated fallen president of Mali, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita during his funeral in Bamako, the 21 January 2022. A few days after the death of his former president Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, Mali pays tribute Friday to this former head of state, overthrown a year and a half ago by the military. Nearly 2,000 people enjoyed at home to say goodbye. A three-day national mourning was declared by the junta.

The Danish decision of this Thursday was taken after a discussion on the Council of Foreign Policy, according to J. Kofod , the Danish Minister of Foreign Affairs.

According to the Ministry of Defense, the armed forces will now start planning so that the repatriation of staff and equipment can take place as soon as possible. "

At present, of course, no concrete schedule can be given, but it should take several weeks before all staff and equipment are back in Denmark specifies the release .

RIFIFI with Mali

Denmark had signed the Joint Communiqué on Wednesday evening that recalled that all the partners of the Task Force Takuba lead their action in accordance with the solid legal framework that has been approved with the Sovereign Government of Mali, including in particular. A formal invitation addressed by the Malian authorities to international partners. They act in strict compliance with international and national law, as part of the support they provide to the Malian Armed Forces and their long-standing commitment to the fight against terrorist armed groups.

The generals in power sent a clear message where they reaffirmed that Denmark is not welcome to Mali. We do not accept it and for this reason we decided to repatriate our soldiers, said Jeppe Kofod after a meeting in Parliament.

Tomorrow Friday, at 10:00, in videoconference, contributing countries in Takuba will discuss the consequences of the withdrawal of Denmark and the position to be adopted in the face of the requirements and provocations of the junta in power in Bamako.

COVID-19: The three checkboxes to lift all sanitary restrictions .
© Pascal Pochard-Casabianca / AFP Will France follow the same path as Denmark? Will she raise her sanitary restrictions from February 1st or in the coming days? Professor Antoine Flahault, epidemiologist and director of the Geneva Global Health Institute was the guest of Europe Midi Thursday to evoke this potential decision. The Denmark , which knows how France a record number of contaminations at COVID-19, lifts sanitary restrictions from February 1st.

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