Mali / Opinion: German troops in Mali – time for plain talk

German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen has called for greater commitment from the Malian government to ensure peace. So far so good, but that’s not enough, says Daniel Pelz. Continuer à lire … « Mali / Opinion: German troops in Mali – time for plain talk »

Mali/Estonia – Digest: Why Estonia’s contributions in Africa continue to make sense (Opinion)

2018/16/11- Foreign news editor at daily Postimees, Martin Kutti writes in a comment for his paper why Estonia should continue to contribute to international efforts in Africa’s Sahel zone. Kutti accompanied Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Centre) and Commander of the Estonian Defence Forces (EDF) Gen. Riho Terras to Mali earlier in October.
Continuer à lire … « Mali/Estonia – Digest: Why Estonia’s contributions in Africa continue to make sense (Opinion) »

Mali/Estonia – Estonian soldiers teaching Africans to fish

2018/11/10 – Major Ivo Peets has been serving with the EU training mission in Mali (EUTM) for six weeks. Peets, who has served with the Kalev Infantry Battalion for several years, concentrated on developing a more effective conscripts’ training cycle to make the best of time spent in compulsory military service and produce capable reservists in Estonia. Continuer à lire … « Mali/Estonia – Estonian soldiers teaching Africans to fish »

Mali – Fin de mission pour le général Deconinck, chef des Casques bleus au Mali

2018/04/10 – Le général suédois Dennis Gyllensporre a succédé mardi à Bamako au Belge Jean-Paul Deconinck comme commandant de la force – militaire – de la Mission multidimensionnelle intégrée des Nations Unies pour la stabilisation au Mali (Minusma), la quatrième plus importante force de maintien de la paix onusienne dans le monde.
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The Sahel: A Hopeless Corner of the World? #Mali

2018/08/17 – We have to address the underlying cause of problems in Africa, not bury our heads in the sand

On 9 May 2018, the Estonian parliament (Riigikogu) approved sending an armoured infantry platoon to Mali. The Scouts Battalion troops deployed in Africa will participate in the French military anti-insurgent Operation Barkhane for a year. This decision must, above all, be viewed in the light of bilateral military cooperation between Estonia and France, which began with our participation in the European Union Military Training Mission in the Central African Republic in 2015. France was grateful to the countries that took part in this mission, because this allowed it to move some of its troops into Operation Sangaris that was taking place in the CAR at the same time. Continuer à lire … « The Sahel: A Hopeless Corner of the World? #Mali »

Mali – L’Union européenne s’engage à reconstruire le Quartier général de la Force conjointe du G5 Sahel à Sévaré, Mali

2018/08/05 – A la suite de l’attaque meurtrière contre le Quartier Général de la Force Conjointe du G5 Sahel à Sévaré au Mali, le 29 juin dernier, l’Union européenne a décidé de financer la totalité de la reconstruction d’un nouveau Quartier Général et de poursuivre son soutien afin d’assurer la continuité de l’action de l’Etat-major de la Force sur place. Continuer à lire … « Mali – L’Union européenne s’engage à reconstruire le Quartier général de la Force conjointe du G5 Sahel à Sévaré, Mali »

Mali – Statement by the Minister – Mali – Adoption of UN Security Council resolution 2423 renewing MINUSMA’s mandate

2018/06/29 – I welcome the unanimous adoption of UN Security Council resolution 2423, which renews the mandate of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). Continuer à lire … « Mali – Statement by the Minister – Mali – Adoption of UN Security Council resolution 2423 renewing MINUSMA’s mandate »