Thursday, December 23, 2021
Germany and allies
16 states have condemned the use of mercenaries in Mali
The Wagner group is known as Russia’s shadow army. Several Western nations have jointly reported that they have decided to cooperate with the leading troops in Mali. They are also appealing to Moscow to deny any contact with the mercenaries.
Germany and 15 other Western nations have condemned the deployment of Russian mercenaries from Wagner’s troops in Mali, West Africa. In a statement They accused Russia of providing material assistance to the troops. Signatories include Canada, France and the UK. Despite warnings to the government in Bamaga, Wagner confirmed for the first time that the mercenaries were still on duty. The security situation in West Africa could worsen as a result and threaten to worsen the human rights situation.
Western governments have lamented the Malian government’s decision to use “already deficient public funds” to pay foreign mercenaries instead of supporting them. Western powers urged Russia to return to “responsible and constructive” behavior. The United States was not among the signatories. However, US Secretary of State Anthony Blingen warned the Malian government earlier this month.
Reuters news agency had earlier quoted locals as saying it was seeking an order from the Mali Wagner Group. The mercenaries must train the Malian army and protect government officials. The Wagner group is known as the “shadow army of Russia”, but Moscow denies any involvement. More than a dozen Wagner affiliates have previously told Reuters that the group carried out covert operations in Ukraine, Libya and Syria with the approval of the Russian government. Russia denies this. In November, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov dismissed French concerns about the use of mercenaries in the mail.
The African nation is currently ruled by the military, and the promised democracy has not been revoked. In Mali, the Mali, French and European Armed Forces and the UN Peacekeepers are also fighting extremist militants such as the Islamic State (IS) and Al-Qaeda-linked rebels. Thousands of civilians have been killed and millions displaced as a result of their attacks in recent years. The Bundeswehr has stationed 1,050 troops in Mali as part of the UN peacekeeping force Minusma. A further 350 soldiers from Germany are involved in European training.
Lambrecht: Coordinates closely with partners
Sending Wagner to Mali has already caused a stir. EU member states were the country for this case Apparently threatened to put an end to military and civilian involvement. Federal Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht said on Twitter: “We consider the decision of those responsible to bring the mercenaries into Mali into the country to be wrong, and we openly regret that.” He expressed his hope that the move would not be appropriate to improve the security situation in the country. “We will now work closely with our international partners on how to proceed and our involvement in Mali. The safety of our players is a top priority.”
Mali, with a population of about 20 million, has seen three military coups since 2012 and is considered the most politically unstable. After the coup in May, the country was led by a military interim government. Islamic terrorist groups have been plaguing the country for years.
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