file photo: a german army bundeswehr instructor speaks to mali soldiers during a car repair training at the eutm military training mission in koulikoro

As part of the UN operation in Mali, Germany will boost its military deployment

A spokeswoman for the German government declared on Wednesday that Germany is prepared to increase its military presence in Mali as part of the United Nations operation known as Minusma. During a routine press briefing, Christiane Hoffmann stated that the permitted maximum number of soldiers has been increased from 1,100 to 1,400. She said that 300 more soldiers have been added to the 1100 soldiers already there to make up for the French people who left.

She made such remarks at the conclusion of a meeting of the Council of Ministers, which had just given its approval to the extension of the mandate until May 31, 2023. It is still necessary for the parliamentarians in Germany to offer their approval for this decision. Up until the month of April, the German army was taking part in two separate missions in Mali. Roughly 1,100 German soldiers were serving in the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali, while 328 German soldiers were serving in the European Union Training Mission in Mali (EUTM) (UNMISMA).

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However, training for the military and the National Guard was discontinued by the European Union in April. However, the training mission will restart in other parts of the Sahel “with an emphasis on Niger,” according to the spokeswoman. Hoffmann said that it doesn’t look like the end of UNMISMA is a sure thing now that French forces are leaving the mission.

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A number of countries have committed to conducting an evaluation of their involvement in the Minusma. The mercenaries from the Russian outfit Wagner, who arrived in Mali at the request of the junta, have been condemned by the Western world for their presence there. In Mali, where terrorist organizations and militias have been responsible for the deaths of thousands of people since 2012, the military overthrew the civilian government in two separate coups in August 2020 and May 2021.