France told to rein in its ‘colonial reflexes’ — Analysis

France was requested to point out ‘restraint and respect the essential precept’ of non-interference

A spokesperson for Mali’s transitional junta authorities has reiterated the demand for Danish troops to depart the nation and brought a swipe on the nation’s former colonial overlords.

Talking late Wednesday to information broadcaster ORTM1, Abdoulaye Maiga warned the Danes about France’s “colonial reflexes.” Denmark had beforehand despatched 105 navy personnel to the West African nation as a part of a French-run counterterrorism unit.

“We invite them [the Danes] to watch out about some companions who sadly have issues eliminating their colonial reflexes,” Maiga stated, once more rejecting claims that the Danish troops have been there legally. 

“We invite [Armed Forces Minister Florence] Parly to point out restraint and respect the essential precept of not interfering within the home affairs of a state,” Maiga added. 

Parly had beforehand accused the junta of provocation amid dispute over the presence of the European Takuba Job Drive, which was set as much as assist the west African nation battle Islamic State (IS, previously ISIS) and Al-Qaeda militants. 

“No accord authorizes the deployment of Danish particular forces to the Takuba Job Drive,” the Malian authorities stated in a press release. It denies ever responding to a request from Denmark in June to deploy troops. 

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Denmark responded on Thursday, asserting that it could withdraw its drive within the nation. Its 105 navy personnel had arrived in Mali on January 18 to hitch the European drive, claiming there had been a “clear invitation.” 

“We are able to see that the Malian transitional authorities, or the coup generals, final evening despatched out a public assertion the place they once more reiterated that Denmark is just not welcome in Mali, and we after all won’t put up with that,” Overseas Minister Jeppe Kofod advised reporters on Thursday. “So subsequently we now have determined to withdraw our troopers dwelling,” he added. 

Norway, Hungary, Portugal, Romania, and Lithuania have been all set to ship troops to Mali this 12 months. Sweden will withdraw its troops in March, making a headache for France, which wished to contain European companions in its marketing campaign to rid Mali of terrorists.

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