Mali: Minusma hands over 9th base to authorities
20/11/2023 12:12 in Africa News
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The UN mission in Mali announced on Saturday that it has left its camp located 80 kilometres north of the city of Gao as part of its complete political withdrawal from the West African country affected by jihadism.
The closure is the ninth of 12 parks in the country, according to a newspaper published on social networks. The camp was handed over to the Malian authorities, represented by the president of Ansongo and the head of the Minusma office in Gao, the largest city in the north of Mali.
The army colonels who came to power in 2020 wanted in June, after months of corrupt relations, the departure of Minusma, which has been postponed since 2013 in this country to help in the fight against jihadism and a large multidimensional problem.
The withdrawal of about 11,600 soldiers and 1,500 police officers from Mali, planned until December 31, has exacerbated the conflict over control of the country's mountains.
The groups oppose Minusma handing over the camps to the Malian government, which they say is against the agreement they made in 2014 and 2015 when they agreed to a ceasefire.
These groups, mostly Tuareg, have resumed fighting against the central government and are accusing the Malian army and its allies, through the Russian military group Wagner, of committing atrocities against civilians.
However, on Tuesday, the Malian army announced that they had recaptured Kidal, a town in northern Mali, from Tuareg separatists after years of absence from this important region that has become a major political issue for the state centre.