Will the next battle in the diplomatic war between French and Malians be played out in New York? The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Mali, Abdoulaye Diop, wrote on August 16 to the United Nations Security Council to demand an emergency meeting on the situation in his country. In his letter, the head of diplomacy multiplies the accusations against France and its soldiers – the last of whom officially left Malian territory on August 15.
Mali: Abdoulaye Diop, the diplomat at the heart of Assimi Goïta’s system
According to our information, Bamako is once again denouncing of the repeated violations of Mali’s airspace by France. The government of the transitional president Like Goita had previously reported similar incursions in January and April last year, while Paris had denied the allegations. Abdoulaye Diop affirms in his letter to have evidence and to be ready to present it to the Security Council.
In the same letter, the Malian diplomat goes further. He also claims to have elements which would indicate that France had collected information in Mali in order to provide it to certain terrorist groups. Paris would also, according to the same Abdoulaye Diop, delivered weapons and ammunition to the latter. Here again, Bamako claims to be able to transmit credible elements to the members of the Security Council.
On August 7, simultaneous attacks attributed to the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (EIGS) left 42 dead and many injured among the Malian armed forces (Fama). In its press release, the Directorate of Information and Public Relations of the Armed Forces (Dirpa) immediately mentioned a form of external complicity.
“Clandestine and uncoordinated operations recorded by them Fama confirm the thesis that the terrorists benefited from major support and external expertise,” the Dirpa declared, no doubt alluding to the alleged French aerial incursions.
Mali: when Wagner’s mercenaries go on strike
The missive of August 16 comes to aggravate the tensions which already exist between Paris and Bamako, in particular since the formalization of the departure of Operation Barkhane from the territory of Mali and the arrival of Wagner’s mercenaries in the country, at the end of 2021. France also sees in the repeated accusations of the junta, which it claims to be without any basis and insulting to the French soldiers who died in Mali, the hand of Moscow’s auxiliaries.
The influence of the latter could further strengthen in Bamako while the Prime Minister Choguel Kokalla Maiga is currently on enforced rest after a stroke. According to our sources, the convalescent is indeed temporarily replaced in his post by a strongman of the junta, the Minister of Public Security sound camera. However, the latter was in 2021 the main architect of Wagner’s arrival in son pays.