Bad weather for E. Macron and France before the UN, Mali accuses France of having informed and armed “terrorist groups”, supporting evidence while the French government had categorically denied it.
Published on 20.8.2022
As expected while in this article here: France: War in Mali, accused of delivering weapons to terrorists, France categorically denies.
The Malian Ministry of Foreign Affairs released, on August 17, to journalists a letter addressed by the head of diplomacy, Abdoulaye Diop, to China’s current presidency of the UN Security Council.
The Malian minister accuses France: not only of violations of its sovereignty and acts of espionage, but also of an alleged support of Paris to terrorist groups takfiristes.
“[Le Mali] reserves the right to use self-defence”in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations, in the event that the alleged French actions here denounced persist, affirms the Minister in this letter dated August 15, which marks the departure from Mali of the last French soldiers, after nine years of military presence on square.
Bamako claims to have evidence
Abdoulaye Diop denounces in this text “repetitive and frequent violations” of national airspace by French forces and flights of French aircraft engaging in “activities considered as espionage” and attempts at “intimidation “.
The Malian authorities have “several pieces of evidence that these flagrant violations of Malian airspace have been used by France to collect intelligence for the benefit of terrorist groups operating in the Sahel and to drop arms and ammunition on them”, can -we still read in the letter.
Consequently, Mali invites the Security Council to work so that France “immediately ceases its acts of aggression” and asks the Chinese presidency to communicate these elements to the members of the Security Council with a view to an emergency meeting. , writes the Malian minister.
This letter once again bears witness to the deterioration in Franco-Malian relations, which has accelerated since the military came to power in August 2020.
“Amazing” and “insulting”, reacts the commander of Barkhane
General Bruno Baratz, commander of Barkhane (the military operation carried out in the Sahel and the Sahara by the French army), found it “surprising” that the French are accused of supporting the jihadists.
It’s a bit insulting to the memory of our 59 comrades [français] who fell fighting for Mali, and also for the memory of all the Malians who fought alongside us.
“It’s a bit insulting to the memory of our 59 comrades [français] who fell fighting for Mali, and also for the memory of all the Malians who fought alongside us, but also the personnel of Minusma, of the African forces of Minusma who fell fighting against terrorism” , he told Radio France Internationale in Niger, a neighboring country of Mali which has accepted the maintenance of a French air base in Niamey.
Source : With RT