Denmark withdraws troops after Mali’s Junta issues second warning

The Danish foreign Ministry says it has “decided to withdraw” the about 105 special forces deployed to Mali. This follows a second communique released by the Junta in addition to an open warning on national television.

Recall that, the Malian government earlier demanded the withdrawal of the troops with the country saying the “deployment occurred without its consent.” Consequently, Malian authorities said “the Republic of Mali invites the Danish side to immediately withdraw the said contingent from the territory.”

The earlier announcement was not heeded, prompting the government to issue a second warning in which the authorities said “the government of Mali invites, with insistence, the Danish party to immediately withdraw its forces from Malian territory.”

Following this, the Danish Foreign Minister, Jeppe Kofod told reporters that, “we can see that the Malian transitional government, or the coup generals, last night sent out a public statement where they again reiterated that Denmark is not welcome in Mali, and we of course will not put up with that. So therefore, we have decided to withdraw our soldiers home.”

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Meanwhile, Mali has earlier established that, no body will ever enter their country by proxy anymore. This was said by the country’s interim prime minister, Choguel Kokalla Maiga in a recent statement. “We told the Danes ‘If you want to come to Mali then it’s an agreement between the Danes and the Malians’. We will no longer accept that people come to our country. Maiga said.

He added that, “Above all when they say they will put in place a standby force. Why are they coming? Are they not coming to prepare something against our country? So, we will not accept this. That’s why we have asked the Danes to go home. nobody will come here by proxy anymore. That used to happen. But now it’s finished. It won’t happen anymore under the authority of Assimi Goita. If someone has to come to Mali then we will come to an agreement. We will agree on what you will come here to do.”

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