- The German soldiers in the country would initially stay in their camps for security reasons.
- The move by the EU comes barely five days after the United States equally suspended cooperation with Mali’s military on Friday last week in protest of the coup.
- “Ninety percent of the army has been trained by our mission, but the four most prominent (coup) leaders have not been trained by our mission" said Borrell.
The European Union has suspended police and army training missions in Mali, owing to the recent coup that was carried out by the Army therein. The EU foreign affairs representative, Josep Borrell, made an announcement to the effect that civilians as well as the military training mission would be temporarily suspended.
He made the announcement after a meeting of the European defense ministers. He however elaborated that as soon as circumstances allow, however, the trainings would resume. Borrell said that the EU has “invested a lot in Mali,” and that should not be lost.
German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer called for a quick return to the constitutional order in Mali as a ground for the continuation of the missions.
The German soldiers in the country would initially stay in their camps for security reasons. This applies to both the EU training mission and the MINUSMA blue helmet mission, for which German soldiers are stationed in Gao in the north of the country.
No Joint Responsibility For The Coup
Kramp-Karrenbauer also confirmed the well-known fact that some of the leading figures of the coup also enjoyed training in Germany and France.
Borrell nonetheless rejected any joint responsibility of the EU for the coup in the African country in mid-August.“We don’t train armies to be putschists,” Borrell told reporters, referring to those who overthrew the government.
“Ninety percent of the army has been trained by our mission, but the four most prominent (coup) leaders have not been trained by our mission- they were trained in Russia and the United States.” He didn’t give any further details in regard to the same, however.
Call For New Elections
Insurgent military forces forced President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita to resign last week. They announced the formation of a transitional committee that would soon hold elections.
Islamists brought the poor north of the country under their control in 2012 after a military coup in the capital Bamako. In early 2013, France sent soldiers to push back the rebels and stop arms smuggling from Libya. The EU is represented by a training mission, in which the German Armed Forces are also involved, as is the UN-led MINUSMA mission.
The extremists recently expanded their sphere of influence again and are now also active in the neighboring countries of Burkina Faso and Niger. The area is also considered a transit route for migrants heading to Europe.
US Suspended Trainings
The move by the EU comes barely five days after the United States also suspended cooperation with Mali’s military on Friday last week in protest of the coup. A majority of Malian’s however expressed their solid support of the move by the renegade army officials and even went ahead to grace the nation’s capital, Bamako in their thousands in celebration of the army’s takeover.
“Let me say categorically there is no further training or support of Malian armed forces full-stop. We have halted everything until such time as we can clarify the situation,” the U.S. Sahel envoy J. Peter Pham told journalists at the time.
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