UN mission in Mali has flights amid sanctions

DAKAR (Reuters) – The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Mali has halted its flights amid discussions over sanctions that have closed air and land borders with the country. This West Africa.

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the regional monetary union sanctioned Mali last week after the country’s interim government, established following coups in 2020 and 2021. , proposed delaying planned elections by up to 4 years.

“MINUSMA has to suspend all flights. We are in discussions with our Malian partners about a new mechanism for approving MINUSMA flights,” said a spokesman, adding that he expected a “very prompt” solution. .

MINUSMA has more than 13,000 troops trying to curb violence in the north and center of the vast West African nation, where Islamist groups with links to al-Qaeda and the Islamic State regularly carry out attacks. attacks on civilians, soldiers and UN bases.

The spokesman said aid delivery would also be hampered.

The mission has recorded some 230 deaths since 2013, making it the deadliest of any UN peacekeeping mission.

(Reporting by Edward McAllister; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

https://whbl.com/2022/01/16/u-n-mission-in-mali-grounds-flights-amid-sanctions-restrictions/ UN mission in Mali has flights amid sanctions

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