Mali’s Airspace Reopened to MINUSMA After Negotiations

This photograph taken on December 5, 2021 shows a French Air Force Airbus A-400 M Atlas waiting to be loaded with vehicles and soldiers at the French Army base of Gao. – France’s anti-jihadist military force in the Sahel region, which today involves over 5,000 troops, will end in the first quarter of 2022. (Photo by Thomas COEX / AFP)

Due to ongoing fruitful negotiations with Bamako, UN mission says it has resumed flights. Mali has reopened its airspace for flights of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA).

According to the mission, the move was due to ongoing fruitful negotiations with Bamako.

The Mali junta which came to power in Mali by a coup d’état on May 24, 2021 had announced on Jan. 2, 2022 that it had decided to postpone democratic elections for five years.

Following this, member countries of the ECOWAS decided to recall their ambassadors to Mali, freeze Mali’s assets at the Central Bank of West African States (BCEAO), cease economic assistance and suspend all types of commercial relations with Mali except for basic necessities and medical supplies, as well as close the borders of ECOWAS countries to Mali.

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After 13 countries, including its neighbors, closed their borders to Mali, the administration in Bamako announced that it would make new flight arrangements.

MINUSMA has also suspended flights through Mali’s airspace except for medical needs until the new regulation is clarified.

MINUSMA has more than 15,000 soldiers and police officers from 61 countries stationed in northern and inner parts of Mali.

It was established by a UN Security Council resolution on April 25, 2013, following a security crisis that erupted in Mali.

Mali has been in political and security turmoil since 2012.

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