For violation of its airspace and collusion with terrorist groups: Mali accuses France and seizes the UN

The head of Malian diplomacy, Mr. Abdoulaye Diop, in a letter no. 00444 of 15 August 2022, calls for an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council with the aim of taking stock of the situation in the country. In this correspondence, our country, Mali, accuses France of violating its airspace more than 50 times by the Barkhane force and also of informing and arming certain terrorist groups against our country. Mali would even have tangible evidence on this subject.

The United Nations (UN) Security Council has been seized by Mali, which claims to be able to prove that France has raped, armed and informed terrorist groups.

,This referral, dated 16 August under number 00444 and signed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Mr. Abdoulaye Diop, calls for an urgent meeting to take stock of the situation in Mali.

,Malian authorities claim to have tangible evidence of France’s multiple support for terrorist groups, including arms, ammunition and intelligence against the Malian Armed and Security Forces (FAMAS) and say they are ready to present it to the Security Council.

,And yet the transitional authorities had condemned before the UN the violation of its airspace by French planes a few months ago. Flagrant violations that have served France to collect intelligence in favor of terrorist groups operating in the Sahel and to throw weapons and ammunition at them.

,French planes land without prior permission at locations outside airfields. They refuse to obey the instructions of air traffic control services when the pilots do not simply turn off the transponders to evade control. Flight documents are forged. In total, more than 50 deliberate cases of violation of our airspace have been recorded thanks to the new capabilities available to FAMa.

,Numerous flights of intelligence aircraft and drones operating at high altitude were noted to be engaged in activities considered espionage, intimidation, even subversion, according to the State Department document.

,According to Minister Abdoulaye Diop’s letter, since the announcement of Barkhane’s withdrawal, throughout the process of transferring the Gao airfield and the northern airspace to the Malian authorities, Malian military aircraft have subjected the subject to regular obstacles by delaying maneuvers aimed at reducing their effectiveness and prolonging their response times. Mali believes that these actions by “France constitute aggression, which according to resolution 3314 of the United Nations General Assembly of 14 December 1974 is defined as the use of armed force by a state against the sovereignty, territorial integrity or political independence of a state. another state or in any other manner inconsistent with the Charter of the United Nations”.

,During the savage, barbaric and complex attack attributed to the Islamic State of the Greater Sahara (EIGS) against the position of Malian soldiers in Tessit, in the Gao region, on August 7, which left 42 dead on the FAMa side and several wounded, some local sources would even have claimed to have seen French helicopters hovering over Tessit. Without the help of an external force, how can terrorists get hold of drones that can allow them to fire with precision, skill and accuracy on the positions of our brave soldiers. That is the question on everyone’s lips today in Mali.

,But Abdoulaye Diop’s mail does not stop there. The foreign minister claims to have elements suggesting that France had collected information on Mali to give it to certain terrorist groups and even supplied them with arms and ammunition.

,The organization is therefore invited to work for France to “immediately cease its aggressions against Mali”. “In the event of the persistence of this position, which undermines the stability and security of our country, the Government of Mali reserves the right to use self-defense in accordance with Article 51 of the UN Charter.”, we warn in the letter.

,These accusations come a day after the departure of French soldiers from Mali from the Barkhane operation in Gao, while the crisis is in full swing between Paris and Bamako.

,This reached its climax in January last year, following Mali’s decision to expel the French ambassador to Bamako, Joël Meyer, following scathing remarks by the head of French diplomacy towards the Malian authorities.

,Today, it is high time for the UN Security Council to take the necessary measures necessary in the face of these serious violations of Mali’s sovereignty, to respond to the cries of distress of the violence-stricken Malian people.

Y. MARIKO – Y. SANGARE

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