Denmark in dispute with African nation over troops deployment — Analysis
The Danish government claims the troops arrived in Mali after receiving an “invitation” to join a French-run counterterrorism unit
Denmark’s foreign minister, Jeppe Kofod, has reacted with confusion to Mali’s demand that Denmark must “withdraw its contingent”after arriving in the country with no troops “prior agreement” Authorities
On Monday, Colonel Abdoulaye Maiga, the spokesman for Mali’s Ministry of Administration and Decentralization, called on Denmark to “immediately withdraw”After allegedly violating protocols that allow European countries to intervene in the area, the 90 soldiers were expelled from the country.
Kofod, speaking in Brussels Tuesday, claimed that Denmark had sent forces to counterterrorism force led by France after an attack on the French Embassy. “clear invitation”Like “the other parties in the operation.”
Kofod stated that the comments made by the Mali official were causing problems “considerable uncertainty” and that the European nation is in talks with the country’s government to clarify the situation.
Denmark’s Defense Ministry stated on its website on Monday that 90 soldiers, including medical personnel and special forces, have been deployed to Mali as part of the Takuba Task Force.
Copenhagen government asserts that their deployment was intended to achieve the following objectives: “to stabilize Mali and parts of the border triangle between Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso, and to ensure that civilians are protected from terrorist groups.”
The Danish troops were deployed in the wake of Sweden’s withdrawal from the region, with Copenhagen’s military joining France, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, and Portugal on the ground in Mali.
This military unit is composed of representatives from 14 European countries. They work with regional officials in order to combat Islamist militants within Mali and West Africa Sahel.
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