Offbeat: Why does Mali accuse France of supporting jihadists?

Mali: A Tessit attack left at least 21 dead, including 17 soldiers and 4 civilians

 Mali: A Tessit attack left at least 21 dead, including 17 soldiers and 4 civilians © Thomas Cox, AFP Malian FAMA soldiers attend training with French special operations forces, in the military base of Menaka in Mali, December 7, 2021. An attack attributed to jihadists left at least 21 dead, including seventeen soldiers, and 22 injured on Sunday in the city of Tessit, in the so-called three borders. This region is frequently the scene of clashes and attacks.

Le ministre malien des Affaires étrangères, Abdoulaye Diop, lors d'une conférence de presse conjointe avec son homologue russe après leur rencontre à Moscou, le 20 mai 2022. © AFP - Yuri Kadobnov The Malian Foreign Minister Abdoulaye Diop, during a joint press conference with his Russian counterpart after their meeting in Moscow, May 20, 2022.

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.

Human Rights Watch denounces human rights violations in Mali

 Human Rights Watch denounces human rights violations in Mali © Reuters/Moussa Kalapo Colonel Assimi Goita, head of the junta in power in Mali, during the meeting with the Cédéao. On August 22, 2020 in Bamako the non -governmental organization denounced in a statement the human rights violations perpetrated by the military junta in power in Bamako. Human Rights Watch is sounding the alarm in Mali.

"Talataye on August 6, Lerneb on August 7, between Tessit and Gao on August 8" ... In his letter, Abdoulaye Diop lists a series of air intrusions in the Malian sky who, according to the chief of Malian diplomacy, served To the French force Barkhane to monitor the Malian army, intimidate it and above all "to collect information for the benefit of terrorist groups" and "drop their weapons and ammunition.

About fifty violations

in total, Bamako denounces about fifty violations of his airspace by drones, helicopters or French fighter planes, since the beginning of the year.

accusations and figures already known, since the Malian government had already mentioned it at the end of April. At the time, Mali and France accused themselves of being the authors of an mass grave in Gossi . France had denounced a "disinformation campaign" orchestrated by the new Russian allies of Bamako.

West African crisis region: Mali mission of the Bundeswehr is initially exposed to

 West African crisis region: Mali mission of the Bundeswehr is initially exposed to for almost ten years, the Bundeswehr has been in unstable Mali. The repeated refusal of flirting rights now has consequences. © Photo: Kay Nietfeld/dpa Germany until further notice in the Bundeswehr deployment in Mali in West Africa. Germany exposes the Bundeswehr deployment in Mali in West Africa until further notice. This was announced by a spokesman for the Ministry of Defense in Berlin on Friday. The Malian government has again refused to flirt rights to the Bundeswehr, it said.

The end of Operation Barkhane in Mali was announced in February by France, its withdrawal ended at the start of the week. But it was not until last May that Mali officially challenged the defense agreements binding it to France: since then, the two countries have divergent visions of what the French army could still legally do on Malian territory .

"Unilateral non -coordinated actions"

During this period, Barkhane admitted to having carried out anti -terrorist operations. Bamako denounces "unilateral non -coordinated actions" with Mali and requests an emergency meeting from the UN Security Council. Minister Diop even threatens to use "self -defense" in the face of what he calls "assault. »

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accusations of Mali against France, the last of a long series .
© AFP - Yuri Kadobnov The Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdoulaye Diop during a press conference with his Russian counterpart in Moscow, May 20, 2022. Abdoulaye Diop wrote on Monday August 15 to members of the United Nations Security Council to denounce the behavior of the French army accused by Bamako to provide intelligence and weapons to terrorist groups. Accusations that are not new to the French army, but which had never been uttered by a member of the Malian government, well almost.

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