EU cancels training missions in Mali after coup
The European Union on Wednesday suspended its training missions in Mali a week after a military coup ousted President Ibrahim Keita, Reuters reports.
2012, the EU sent 600 soldiers from 28 member-states and non-member-states, to train and fight along with Mali’s army against the terrorists.
The EU military mission (EUTM Mali) was followed by a civilian mission to give advice and train Mali’s internal security forces—the police, Gendarmerie and National Guard— to further stabilise the country, in 2014.
Following the military coup that has been widely condemned, the two missions have been frozen because they were designed to support “the legitimate national authorities,” one EU official told Reuters.
EU defence ministers meeting in Berlin on Wednesday will discuss the situation in Mali, the officials said.
The suspension comes after the United States had withdrawn its military cooperation in Mali in the wake of the military takeover.
Since the coup, Mali has been under pressure from the international community that is pressing for a quick return to civilian rule. Sanctions have been dashed out on the West African state that is also battling insurgency.
In another development, Mali has been suspended from a global body of French-speaking countries as a response to the coup.
The 88-member International Organisation of La Francophonie (OIF) on Tuesday decided on the suspension after holding an emergency meeting to discuss the situation in Mali, an official statement said.