relay. Faced with the false accusations, the Minister of the Armed Forces traveled to Mali with his Czech and Estonia counterparts, relying on European power.
CFor the Minister of the Armed Forces, Florence Pali, his two-day visit to Mali was the worst. Indeed, it intervened only a few hours after the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Mali (Minusma) issued a report, according to which the French army would make mistakes during an air strike on nearby villages on January 3. , Killed three jihadists who attended the wedding and killed nineteen civilians. Paris retorted vigorously. The report is the most serious question that the United Nations has raised against French operations since Paris began participating in the Sahel.
The Minister of the Armed Forces again refuted these conclusions on the spot, arguing that “the French Armed Forces [avaient] Air strikes have been carried out against armed terrorist organizations that have been identified as such”. “Wars have also occurred in the information field with our enemies. […] She added: “I take advantage of all possible disputes. I cannot admit that this can undermine the honor of our soldiers. The seven human rights organizations in France and Mali urged France and Mali to conduct independent and transparent investigations on Thursday. Ms. Parley replied: “In my opinion, the investigation conducted by the United Nations is independent. She said that she would like to consider Paris’ views. She added: “We will pass on all our observations and comments to the relevant UN departments. The three ministers met President Bakhenado during the transitional period and Sadio Camara, the Minister of Defence of Mali. Because in this matter, the Malian army is on the line of Paris. Florence Parly (Florence Parly) It has been announced that France has initiated a request for “clarification” at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. In another part of her mission, the Minister of the Armed Forces talked with soldiers in the Balkans.
Strike in Mali: the French army is responsible
In the dispute, the Minister of the French Armed Forces did not travel alone. After a long-term plan, the trip was carried out with Estonian counterparts Kalle Laanet and Czech Lubomir Metnar, with the purpose of maintaining the “full combat capability” of the Takuba task force (“saber” in Tamachek), which is Soldiers from France, Czech Republic, Estonia, Sweden and Italy. Ms. Parry said that Paris relies heavily on “a laboratory for integration into the European partners’ battle,” sharing with partners the burden of fighting jihadists related to Al Qaeda and the Islamic State group. The French Armed Forces press release stated: “From a tactical and operational point of view, this step is important and a powerful sign.”
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