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German parliamentarians demand ceasefire in Mali

BERLIN, Jan 2 (Prensa Latin) Eva Hoegel, commissioner of the German parliament (Bundestock) for the Armed Forces, today demanded that the country’s government assess the possibility of ending military operations in Mali.

After returning from a visit to that African country, Hoegel asked German officials to review the situation and define advice on keeping about 1,550 troops there as part of the mission of the United Nations (Minusma) and the European Union (EUTM).

The legislature pointed out that the operation of these troops was to reach a peace agreement in that country after the 2020 coup, but the elections were postponed indefinitely after the second appearance of 2021, and that the task was “uncertain.”

Interim officials set up in Mali, led by Colonel Azimi Koida, recently pointed out that a call for new elections is currently impossible because they cannot guarantee the security of the electorate.

On June 25, 12 German peacekeepers were wounded in a car bomb attack on Minusma’s temporary base in the town of Darkint in the northern Gao region of the country.

After the event, Social Democrat MP Gabriela Heinrich recalled the dangers posed by these soldiers, while Freedom Democrat spokesman Christoph Hoffman pointed out that the task should be re-evaluated.

Germany currently has 1,100 troops in Minusma, most of whom are stationed in the Cao region, and 450 are participating in the EUTM, which was approved by the European Council in 2013 at the request of the Malian government.

In Mali, which has been facing a deep security crisis since 2012, several extremist groups affiliated with Al Qaeda, including a pro-Islam and pro-Muslim group and the Islamic State in Greater Sahara, have been promoting violence and climate change. Social tensions.

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