Ivory Coast pulls out of UN peacekeeping mission in Mali after soldiers jailed


Ivory Coast will gradually withdraw its military and police contribution from a UN peacekeeping force in Mali, according to a letter from its UN ambassador, after Bamako jailed 46 of its soldiers in July.

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Mali accused the soldiers of being mercenaries. Ivory Coast says they were part of a security and logistics contingent working under the peacekeeping mission and has made repeated appeals for their release.

Ivory Coast has notified the United Nations that it has stopped rotating troops and will not replace personnel in the peacekeeping mission in Mali (MINUSMA) in August 2023, according to a letter to a senior UN peacekeeping official dated Nov. 11 seen by Reuters.

The decision was confirmed by two senior Ivorian security sources. MINUSMA and the governments of Mali and Ivory Coast did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Mali has for a decade relied on regional allies and peacekeepers to quell an Islamist insurgency that has killed thousands of people and taken over large areas in the center and north.

(REUTERS)

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