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Coup: France says Mali's situation "out of control"

Supreme Desk
28 Jan 2022 10:15 PM GMT
Coup: France says Malis situation out of control
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French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian attends a joint news conference with High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell (not seen) as part of a European Union Foreign Ministers informal meeting (Gymnich) in Brest, western France, Jan. 14, 2022. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe.

France and 14 other European countries urged the junta on Wednesday to allow Danish special forces, part of a broader European task force created to fight Islamist militants, to remain in Mali.

France's foreign minister said on Friday that a standoff with an "out of control" junta in Mali was untenable, and that Paris was discussing with partners how to adapt its operations to continue the fight against Islamist militants there.

Tensions have escalated between Mali and its international partners after the junta failed to organise elections following two military coups.

It has also deployed Russian private military contractors, which some European Union (EU) countries have said is incompatible with their mission.

"The junta is truly out of control," Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told RTL radio, also calling it illegitimate.

"European, French, and international forces are seeing measures that are restricting them. Given the situation, given the rupture in the political and military frameworks, we cannot continue like this," he added.

Denmark said on Thursday it was pulling its troops out after the junta insisted on an immediate withdrawal.

France and 14 other European countries urged the junta on Wednesday to allow Danish special forces, part of a broader European task force created to fight Islamist militants, to remain in Mali.

They rejected the junta's claims their presence was without legal basis. The junta rejected that.

Defence ministers from those countries will hold crisis talks later on Friday.

"We can not stay like this," Le Drian said when asked if European forces should remain in Mali.

"We are holding talks with our African and European partners to see how to adapt our forces to continue the fight against terrorism," he added.

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