Germany has extended the mandate of soldiers in the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission (MINUSMA) in Mali and the NATO peacekeeping force (KFOR) in Kosovo for another year.
While the Cabinet decided to extend the mandate of its soldiers in the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali and the Kosovo Force for another year, it stated that the mandate of the soldiers in the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali has been extended for the last time.
The written statement stated that Germany’s support for the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) has continued for 10 years and will end on May 31, 2024.
Defense Minister Boris Pistorius stated that they want to continue their military and defense contribution to the Sahel after the expected withdrawal of German forces from MINUSMA.
The recent tension in Sudan, Pistorius said, showed them how instability in a country can suddenly become an existential threat to the lives of German citizens:
“It is critical that we continue to encourage and support Africans’ increasing ownership of security and stability on their continent through our engagement in the Sahel. We can only do this in partnership with equals. That is why we work not only within alliances, but also bilaterally. For example, we continue to train the Nigerian Special Forces and pass on our military knowledge.”
The Foreign Minister, Analina Berbock, also stated that the tremor of the conflicts in the Sahel countries was felt in Europe as well, and said: “For this reason, we will continue to support the people of the region, both civilly and militarily, in the future. The fact that terrorist groups are spreading there and that forces “Russianness is taking root and threatens not only people in the region. Whether we like it or not, what happens in the Sahel matters to us. Therefore, we are reorganizing our participation in the region and ending our participation in MINUSMA in an orderly manner over the next 12 months. We are strengthening our cooperation with the countries of Niger And Mauritania and the Gulf of Guinea. Together, we want to prevent the crises in the region from spreading further to these countries and turning into fire. He rated it.
Development Minister Svenja Scholz said many people in the Sahel join terrorist groups not because of their beliefs, but because they need an income. Here, development policy can contribute to eliminating the fertile ground for terrorism. We will expand our involvement in our development policy to include the entire region. In doing so, we will be more successful if we work with international partners rather than on our own,” he said.
On the other hand, the number of German soldiers serving in Kosovo under the KFOR mission, a NATO-led multinational peacekeeping force, was previously limited to 400.
It is recorded that the number of German soldiers currently serving in Kosovo is 70.
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