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German minister demands investigation into ‘atrocities’ in Mali

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The ruling military junta in Bamako claims to have neutralized 203 jihadists at the end of March in Moura, where testimonies, collected by the press or the non-governmental organization Human Rights Watch (HRW), report the mass execution of civilians by the Malian army.

Ms Lambrecht demanded an investigation on Saturday complete and transparent on these facts.

In particular, the question arises as to if this is the regime we want to supportsaid Ms. Lambrecht after a meeting with German soldiers in Gao, according to statements sent by her ministry.

We see that Malian soldiers are trained in a tremendous way by highly motivated and qualified German soldiers, and then they go on missions with these capacities, for example with Russian forces, even with mercenariesadded the Social Democrat minister.

And the question then arises whether this can be compatible with our values, especially if we then have to witness atrocities like in Moura. »

A quote from Christine Lambrecht, German Defense Minister

France and Westerners denounce the appeal made, according to them, by the Malian authorities to the Russian private security group Wagner, whose actions are controversial. The Malian authorities claim not to use mercenaries and speak of state-to-state cooperation with Russia.

Germany had already indicated in recent months that it was going to reassess the maintenance of the mission of its soldiers in Mali, in particular since the announcement, in February, of the French withdrawal from the country.

The German army is currently engaged through two missions: 328 soldiers participate in the European Union Training Mission in Mali (EUTM), and 1170 soldiers in the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (Minusma) .

The central question is also to know who will operate the Gao aerodrome in the future in place of France, the German minister said on Saturday.

In May, the deputies of the Bundestag, the German parliament, must decide whether or not the German army will continue these two commitments.

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