Paris was accused by the Malian Prime Minister of “abandonment of full flight” when it reorganized its military presence in Sahel. This Saturday, at the UN
Remarks “Unacceptable”And “Indecent.”. France has strongly rejected the charges of« abandon »The Malian Prime Minister brought Mali to the UN rostrum. “To wipe their feet with the blood of French soldiers.”One of the victims, was killed on Friday, September 24.
“There is no French disengagement. I want to begin by re-establishing falsehoods […]. Once we have 5,000 troops, we disengage from the three rights-of way and plan to leave many thousand more. […] it is not the normal attitude of a country which intends to leave ”Florence Parly (Minister of Armed Forces), stated that during a conference held in front of Sciences-Po Paris students, “it is possible.”
Malian Prime Minister Choguel Kokalla Maïga on Saturday accused France of a “Abandonment mid-flight”Bamako defended the decision to begin discussions with Wagner’s Russian private paramilitary firm Wagner after the military presence was reorganized in the Sahel.
“It’s hypocrisy and it’s a lot a bad faith, it’s lots of indecency, especially because these remarks were made either on Saturday September 25th or Friday September 24th a 52e French military gave his life to fight terrorism in the Sahel ”, Florence Parly was furious
“The objective”Wagner is your best friend “It is not necessary to honor the international community’s promises”The French minister commented that he saw the military junta returning power to civilians through the organization of elections in Mali in February 2022.
“I believe the date is coming” on which the Malian authorities, who came to power by a coup d’état in August 2020, are committed “Doesn’t suit them perfectly, and they want to make it last. But from there to wiping your feet on the blood of French soldiers, it’s unacceptable ”She replied,
“The Sahel transformation of our military systems is neither a departure for Mali, nor a unilateral move. It is wrong not to assert the contrary.”, who had earlier Tuesday assured the spokeswoman of French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The subject of adaptation of this device was “Consultations between the Sahelian, Malian authorities since January 2020’s Pau summit”.
Paris began in June 2021 to reorganize the military system in Sahel. This included leaving Mali’s northernmost bases (Kidal Timbuktu and Tessalit). It also planned to reduce its staff in the region to between 2,500 and 3,000 men by 2023, as opposed to more than 5,000 currently.
“Barkhane”, the commander of the French force, also rejected any lack in consultations and abandonment. “The plan to leave Tessalit, Kidal and Timbuktu […] was drawn up with the heads of state of the G5 zone ”(Mauritania), Mali (Niger, Burkina Faso, Chad), stated General Laurent Michon on a trip from Nouakchott to Mauritania. He stressed that the UN peacekeepers (Minusma), as well as the army Malian, remained present at these three locations.
France warned Bamako about the incompatibility of the Wagner group’s involvement in Mali with the military presence of France and other countries on the ground. Monday’s UN address also included a call by Paris for the organization in Mali of presidential and legislative elections, as per the commitments made by the junta that took control in this country.
The Malian Prime minister said that they could be postponed by a few weeks to a few months. “Respect is essential”This calendar was declared in a pre-recorded video and broadcast to UN General Assembly by Jean-Yves Le Drian (French Minister of Foreign Affairs), who is responsible for France’s annual speech at this international forum.