The Burkinabè government congratulated Mali on Sunday for having requested the “withdrawal without delay” of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), we learned from an official source.
The government of Burkina Faso “takes note of the request for the “withdrawal without delay” of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) and welcomes this courageous decision formulated by the Malian authorities of transition before the Security Council meeting for its 9,350th session on June 16, 2023 in New York,” Burkinabe government spokesman Jean Emmanuel Ouédraogo wrote in a statement.
The Burkinabè government “congratulates Mali for this assumed choice, which is in line with the strategic vision of the Malian State in the fight against terrorism and for the restoration of peace and security in the Sahel”, he said. added.
Ouédraogo added that the Burkinabè government “encourages the government and the brotherly people of Mali in this affirmation of the sovereignty of the Malian State and the expression of the will of Malians and Malians to be the sole masters of their destiny”.
The Government of Burkina Faso “invites the international community to strictly respect the choices made by Mali”, he indicated.
The spokesperson for the Burkinabè government underlined, moreover, that Burkina Faso is asking the Secretary-General of the United Nations Organization to “kindly take the necessary measures for the withdrawal of the Burkinabè troops engaged in Mali within the framework of the MINUSMA”.
“It reaffirms its solidarity with the Government of Mali and all the peoples of the Sahel in the fight against terrorism and remains faithful to the ideal of building, in complete independence and in complete responsibility, a world of peace, security and shared development. for all Sahelians” he explained.
MINUSMA was created in 2013 with around 12,000 soldiers. However, since 2021, this UN mission deployed in Mali has been increasingly criticized by the Malian authorities who denounce its ineffectiveness in the fight against terrorism.
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