An informal Security Council meeting on Mali took place at the UN on Tuesday 3 May. Russia had requested that the complaint from Mali be mentioned in view of France’s alleged violations of its airspace, as regards the images of the mass grave taken by French drones. The exchanges were quite lively.
as reported from New York, Carrie Nooten
It is to the 193 countries in the UN that Mali sent his letter with accusations of espionage against France. Russia has thus convened this meeting behind closed doors so that Bamako and Paris can discuss this episode in an increasingly tense global context. The Malian Transitional Forces condemn a violation of the no-fly zone. Paris is shouting a lie: according to her, Gossi was not affected by the no-fly zone, and the photography would take place in accordance with the provisions of the 2013 agreement.
The Russian deputy ambassador on Tuesday pointed to French “disinformation” and argued for the need to respect Mali’s sovereignty. Paris sent Moscow back to the ropes on the issue of sovereignty, in the midst of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. And above all, she was indignant that the Russian deputy ambassador suspected manipulation Massacres of Gossi as the of Butcha in Ukraine.
France says it has called for an independent inquiry to formally identify these men present at the Gossi mass grave.
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