Farhan Haq, deputy spokesman for UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, said the world body took note of the German government’s decision to end its troop commitment to the mission, known as MINUSMA, by May 2024, subject to the approval of the Bundestag.
Germany joins a growing list of countries announcing the withdrawal of their peacekeeping forces from troubled MINUSMA.
“The United Nations continues to discuss with member states the deployment of new assets and plans to fill older gaps in addition to those resulting from recent announcements,” Haq told reporters at a regular briefing.
“These provide much-needed support to our forces and are critical for early warning and rapid response to protect civilians,” the spokesperson said. “Discussions about possible additional contributions from other troop-contributing countries are ongoing.”
On Monday, Haq acknowledged that Mali had security problems and the sacrifices of peacekeepers as many lost their lives. ■