Ivory Coast withdraws from the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali after troopers are detained

Ivory Coast will regularly withdraw its military and police contribution from the United Nations peacekeeping drive in Mali, in response to a letter despatched by its ambassador to the United Nations, after Bamako detained 46 of its troopers in July.

Mali accused the troopers of being mercenaries. Ivory Coast says they had been a part of a safety and logistical unit working underneath a peacekeeping mission, and has made repeated calls for his or her launch.

Ivory Coast has notified the United Nations that it has stopped troop rotations and won’t exchange peacekeeping mission personnel in Mali (MINUSMA) in August 2023, in response to a letter to a senior UN peacekeeping official dated November 11 and seen by Reuters.

The choice was confirmed by two senior safety sources in Ivory Coast. MINUSMA and the governments of Mali and Ivory Coast didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark.

Mali has relied for a decade on regional allies and peacekeepers to include an Islamist insurgency that has killed 1000’s of individuals and seized swathes of the middle and north.

(Reuters)

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