Mali : the Canadian government refuses to extend the mission of its troops in Mali

Justin Trudeau visits Canadian troops in Mali. Photo: AFP

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NEWSROOM (ADV) – Canada, which set up its troops last June in Mali to reinforce the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission (MINUSMA), announced its withdrawal from the country at the end of July, refusing the extension of its mission until autumn as proposed by the United Nations.

The Canadian daily LaPresse reported on January 22 that Canada’s one-year mission is due to end in July 2019. “The United Nations would like Canada to stay until the Romanian troops arrive in the fall, but the government rejected the request.”

Last August, Canada sent 250 soldiers, two Chinook helicopters and four armed Griffon helicopters to the Gao region of central Mali.

These troops participated in the relief operations of the United Nations forces, victims of a terrorist attack perpetrated on January 19, against the MINUSMA camp in the Aguelhoc region, near the Algerian borders.

The Minusma lost eight peacekeepers of Chadian nationality, raising to 160, the number of UN soldiers killed since 2013.

The Minusma, or The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) has a force of 12,500 military and police officers.

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