Germany suspends UN peacekeeping role in Mali

Germany suspends UN peacekeeping role in Mali

Germany has suspended its participation in MINUSMA, the United Nations mission in Mali, after a rotation flight carrying soldiers to and from the Sahel nation didn’t receive overflight and landing rights from the government. “Once again, the Malian rulers have denied MINUSMA overflight rights,” said German defense minister Christine Lambrecht….

Macron wraps up three-nation African tour in Guinea-Bissau

President Emmanuel Macron of France wrapped up a three-nation tour of West Africa with a visit to Guinea-Bissau on Thursday, meeting with President Úmaro Sissoco Embaló to discuss regional security issues. His meeting with Embaló, who took over this month as commissioner of the Economic Community of West African States…

Tunisia’s Saïed consolidates power with new constitution

Tunisian voters have approved a new constitution by referendum vote, one that further consolidates power for President Kaïs Saïed despite concerns from the political opposition over the future of the country’s democracy. The Tunisian government said that 94.6% of voters approved the measure, with turnout low in part because of…

Gambian case against Myanmar to proceed at ICJ

The Gambian case filed against Myanmar at the International Court of Justice will be allowed to proceed, following Friday’s ICJ ruling to dismiss objections presented by the Myanmar government. The case, filed in 2019 on behalf of the Organization for Islamic Cooperation (OIC), argues that Myanmar military and security forces systematically…

Separatist ADF denies human rights violations in Cameroon conflict

A leading Anglophone separatist group has denied allegations made by the Amnesty International organization over threats and violence towards human rights workers in Ambazonian territories that have broken away from Cameroon. The response from Capo Daniel, defense chief of the Ambazonia Defense Forces (ADF) aligned with the Ambazonia Governing Council…

China, Russia align at BRICS session on security

China hosted Wednesday’s meeting on security among BRICS nations, with South Africa, Russia, Brazil and India attending the virtual session led by Yang Jiechi, director of China’s foreign affairs commission. Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping expressed mutual solidarity on political issues including China’s proposed Global…

Mozambique elected to UN Security Council

The nation of Mozambique will join the United Nations Security Council in January 2023, following a UN General Assembly election on Thursday. Also elected to the council are Ecuador, Japan, Malta and Switzerland, all as nonpermanent members of the 15-nation body. Ten of those nations are determined by the UN…