The EU military missions in Mali are once again operational after being suspended for several months following the coup d’état last August that evicted President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.
As reported by a senior EU official, the activities of the missions in Mali have resumed after the military junta committed, as required by the Economic Community of African States (ECOWAS) and the African Union, to appoint a government led by civilians and to designate a roadmap for the country’s democratic transition.
After fulfilling these requirements, ECOWAS proceeded to lift the economic sanctions that it imposed after the military coup in early October. The African body’s mediations resulted in an agreement on a civilian-led political transition, the dissolution of the junta, an 18-month transition and the removal of sanctions.
The community bloc maintains an EU training mission in Mali (EUTM) and the EUCAP Sahel Mali mission, whose objective is to support the implementation of a lasting peace in the country.
Now the objective of the EU is to address the new mandate adopted last March in which the tasks of the mission were expanded to provide military assistance to the Joint Force of the G-5 Sahel and each of the Armed Forces of said countries for training and counseling.