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EUCAP Sahel Mali

09.12.2015 - Article

On 15 October the German Government decided to send up to ten police officers to Mali to take part in the EU’s civilian mission EUCAP Sahel Mali.

On 15 October the German Government decided to send up to ten police officers to Mali to take part in the EU’s civilian mission EUCAP Sahel Mali, which aims to support the internal security forces on the ground. The mission is headed by a German, Ambassador Albrecht Conze.

Refugees from Mali in a camp in Burkina Faso, July 2012
Refugees from Mali in a camp in Burkina Faso, July 2012© picture alliance / Helmut Fohringer / APA

One year after the presidential and parliamentary elections, the security situation in Mali is still fragile, despite peace negotiations with armed groups. Many of the people who fled the north of the country have not yet returned. That is why stabilising Mali’s internal security is very important, also with a view to curtailing the activities of terrorist networks.

The Council of the European Union decided on 15 April 2014 to establish the civilian mission EUCAP Sahel Mali. By training and advising the police, national guard and gendarmerie, the mission aims to help strengthen the internal security forces, thus enhancing the international community’s engagement to date in the sphere of security policy in Mali. The mission will operate in Mali and have its headquarters in Bamako.

Ambassador Albrecht Conze, a German diplomat, has been appointed Head of Mission. The German Government intends to take part in EUCAP Sahel Mali, contributing civilian experts and up to ten police officers.

The EU Strategy for Security and Development in the Sahel, which was adopted in March 2011, provides the framework for the mission.

Read more about EUCAP Sahel Mali on the website of the European External Action Service (EEAS):

eeas.europa.eu

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