UN voices concern over obstacles to Mali mission’s orderly withdrawal

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The peacekeeping mission which for a few years has been the deadliest place to function a UN ‘blue helmet’, is due to attract down totally by 31 December, in accordance with its Safety Council mandate.

At that time, MINUSMA’s 12 camps and one short-term working base will probably be closed and handed over the transitional authorities there. Because it was established 10 years in the past, over 300 peacekeepers have misplaced their lives amid persevering with extremist violence and rampant insecurity throughout a lot of northern and central Mali.

Well timed withdrawal

Near 13,000 uniformed personnel will probably be repatriated, and civilian workers will depart whereas tools is because of be relocated to different missions or repatriated to these international locations which equipped objects corresponding to automobiles. 

The UN mentioned it was nonetheless decided to finish the withdrawal by the deadline following Mali’s request to depart at once.

MINUSMA mentioned it had been working arduous to fulfill the deadline, however since 24 September its logistics convoys haven’t been allowed to maneuver from Gao to retrieve tools from Aguelhok, Tessalit, and Kidal. 

This might “adversely affect the Mission’s means to stick to the stipulated timeline”. 

Withdrawal with out retrieval 

A spike in tensions in Northern Mali, the observe says, will increase the chance of the Mission being pressured to depart with out having the ability to retrieve tools belonging to Troop-Contributing Nations or to the UN, leading to vital monetary losses and probably stopping the UN from distributing it to different peace operations.

The state of affairs additionally jeopardizes the air operations carried out by the Mission to guard its drawdown and make sure the security of all personnel.

As all events within the course of have the duty to chorus from any motion or assertion that would jeopardize a secure and well timed exit, the UN additionally pressured that Safety Council decision 2690 calls upon Malian authorities to cooperate totally with UN peacekeeping throughout the drawdown, withdrawal, and liquidation.


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