23/03/2020 – The EU has increased its military operation in the Sahel, and extended its mission to train the Malian Armed Forces.
The European Council on Monday said the mission would provide military assistance to the G5 Sahel Joint Force, which comprises troops from Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger. Continuer à lire … « EU extends military mission in the Sahel »
Following the 1991 dissolution of the USSR—which maintained diplomatic relations with 46 African countries in the mid-1980s—the Russian Federation lost a large part of the Soviet influence on the continent. Beginning in the mid-2000s, however, Russia`s regional policy started to change, and the outbreak of the Ukrainian crisis solidified Russia`s resolve to pursue opportunities in Sub-Saharan Africa (Russiancouncil.ru, February 20). A truly pivotal event that demonstrated Russia`s determination was the Russia-Africa Summit and Economic Forum, held in Sochi on October 23–24, 2019 (see EDM, October 28, 2019). Given Russia`s relative economic weakness, one of the very few competitive advantages at the Kremlin`s disposal is military-technical cooperation. Continuer à lire … « Terrorist Threat as a Pre-Text: Russia Strengthens Ties with G5 Sahel »
23/01/2020 – Libya’s internationally recognized prime minister, Fayez al-Serraj, said this week that his country will face a “catastrophic situation” unless foreign powers put pressure on eastern-based commander Khalifa Haftar to lift a blockade of oilfields that has cut output to almost zero. Continuer à lire … « Greek PM says no EU deal on Libya unless Turkey accord scrapped »
23/01/2020 – Following the Berlin Libya Conference, the priority now is to implement the decisions adopted there. To achieve this, it is important to involve Libya’s neighbouring countries and the region. That is why Foreign Minister Heiko Maas is travelling to Algeria and Tunisia. Continuer à lire … « Germany – Intensifying cooperation on Libya – Maas visits Algiers and Tunis »
22/01/2020 – EU High Representative of Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell has said that EU members have agreed to adjust Sofia Operation concerned with combating trafficking in the Mediterranean to involve forcing of the arms embargo imposed by the UN on Libya. In statements following talks by EU Foreign Ministers here on Monday, Borrell said EU ambassadors and experts were authorized to provide proposals of tangible results on how to impose a ceasefire and execute an arms embargo by the time of the next meeting in Brussels on Feb 17.
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22/01/2020 – Europe discusses a stronger military engagement in the Sahel. But the example of Burkina Faso shows the need for more.
In a highly symbolic ceremony on 13 January 2020, prior to the G5 Sahel summit in Pau, French President Emmanuel Macron and the presidents of Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Chad, laid a wreath for the 13 French soldiers who lost their lives in a helicopter crash in Mali last November. 4,500 of their comrades are currently stationed in these countries as part of Operation Barkhane in the face of loud protests from large parts of the population and the resistance of a growing number of intellectuals. They are accusing the French foreign intervention of imperialist motives on the one hand, and ineffectiveness on the other — and even of fuelling the conflicts. Continuer à lire … « Burkina Faso’s security disaster »
21/01/2020 – On Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s orders, the Turkish state has been deploying its mercenaries from Syria to Libya. The Syrian mercenaries used primarily in the occupation of Afrin in Rojava have been sent to Libya in order to support the Tripoli-based government under the prime ministry of Fayez al-Sarraj. Continuer à lire … « Mercenaries Turkey sent to Libya are seeking refuge in Europe »