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The UN mission in Mali will resume its air operations after talks with the Malian authorities, after the flights were stopped by the military junta in the crisis-torn West African country.
The military junta had stopped the air traffic of the UN mission MINUSMA since January 13 after a dispute over sanctions imposed by neighbouring countries.
The UN mission welcomed the breakthrough in a statement on Thursday.
“MINUSMA reiterates its commitment to continue to support Mali in its efforts to restore lasting peace, security and stability.”
The mission reaffirmed “its willingness to build on the gains already made in terms of securing goods and people, as well as on aspects related to the peace dividend, reconciliation and social cohesion.”
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) imposed sanctions on Mali after the junta failed to bring forward elections to introduce democratic rule.
The interim government said it would not hold new elections for another four years, instead of next month as originally planned.
In May 2021, the military ousted the transitional government, which was supposed to be in office until elections at the end of February.
Mali has seen three military coups since 2012 and is considered highly unstable.
Thousands of foreign forces, including from France and Germany, are currently involved in peacekeeping and training missions there.
MINUSMA said it “uses its air assets to transport troops, civilian personnel and equipment, as well as for its ground security operations for the benefit of the population or Peacekeepers.
“These assets are also mobilised in support of Malian partners, particularly for transport and medical evacuations.”
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