Mali: Politics and Government

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 8th September 2021.

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Photo of Ruth Jones Ruth Jones Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the (a) political and (b) security situation in Mali.

Photo of James Duddridge James Duddridge Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

I [Minister Duddrdige] condemned the coup in May 2021, including the forced resignation and detention of government figures. In country and at the UN Security Council we continue to urge the transitional authorities to respect the conditions set by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). We have also called for progress on the Peace Process and a renewed commitment to tackling impunity for human rights abuses and violations. I [Minister Duddridge] welcomed the lifting of all restrictions on the former President and Prime Minister in August 2021, and called for the release of all others who remain detained without charge following events in May.

The UK is concerned about the deteriorating security situation in Mali, and condemns all attacks against civilians, and national, regional and international forces. Through our recent deployment to the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali (MINUSMA), and our programmatic support for stabilisation and conflict resolution, the UK is committed to building long-term peace and stability in the Sahel. We also use our humanitarian assistance to support those worst affected by conflict.

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