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German parliamentarians call for an end to the military mission in Mali

BERLIN, Jan 2 (Prinsa Latina) The German Parliament’s (Bundestag) Commissioner for the Armed Forces, Eva Hoegel, today called on the government of this country to assess the possibility of ending the military mission in Mali.

Returning from a visit to that African country, Hoegel asked the German authorities to analyze the situation and determine the advisability of keeping about 1,550 military personnel there as part of the missions of the United Nations (MINUSMA) and the European Union (EUTM).

The legislator indicated that the function of these forces is to achieve a peace agreement after the 2020 coup in that country, but after the second appearance of 2021, the elections were postponed indefinitely and that task is “full of doubts.”

And the transitional authorities established in Mali led by Colonel Asmi Gueta, had recently indicated that calling for new elections is an impossible task at the present time, due to the inability to guarantee the security of voters.

On June 25, 12 German peacekeepers were wounded in a car bomb attack on a temporary operating base in Minusma, in the town of Tarkint in the Gau region in the north of that country.

After that event, the Social Democratic Party deputy, Gabriela Heinrich, confirmed that he himself remembered the dangers these soldiers were exposed to, while the spokesman for the Free Democratic Party in the Bundestag, Christoph Hoffmann, indicated the need to re-evaluate the task.

Germany currently has 1,100 troops in MINUSMA, most of them deployed in the Gao region, as well as another 450 participating in the EU mission in Timor-Leste, approved by the European Council in 2013 at the request of the Malian government.

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In Mali, which has been in a deep security crisis since 2012, several extremist groups affiliated with the formation of Al-Qaeda, including the Support Group for Islam and Muslims and the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara, have fostered a climate of violence and terrorism. social tensions.