German military mission in Mali set to resume

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German military mission in Mali set to resume

The German military mission in Mali is set to resume on Tuesday, a spokesperson for the operational command in Schwielowsee near Potsdam told dpa.

Berlin suspended its military mission in Mali last month amid a dispute about airspace.

The "operative contribution" to the MINUSMA UN mission will continue on Tuesday, the spokesperson said.

The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali is a peacekeeping force established to boost security after the Tuareg Rebellion of 2012, an early stage of the ongoing armed conflict in the country.

Mountain troops flown to Mali are also involved in securing the airport in the city of Gao, where the central base of the UN mission is located.

The Malian government had repeatedly denied Germany's Bundeswehr contingent overflight rights, which it needs to facilitate troop rotation. Germany suspended transport flights and reconnaissance operations on August 12.

Mali, with its population of around 20 million, has experienced three military coups since 2012 and is considered extremely unstable.

Since the most recent coup, in May 2021, the country has been led by a military transitional government that is said to maintain close relations with Russia.

Just more than 1,000 Bundeswehr soldiers are currently deployed for MINUSMA, with most located at Camp Castor in northern Mali, where they handle reconnaissance with unmanned and unarmed reconnaissance drones and armoured reconnaissance vehicles.

There are also security forces on site, along with supply and medical soldiers and telecommunication systems.

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