MINUSMA not taking part in offensive operations in Mali: DPKO

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Senegalese UNPOL Officers patrol the streets of Gao, 1200 KM North of Bamako, Mali. (Photo MINUSMA/Marco Dormino)

The United Nations Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) is not taking part in the offensive operations in Mali, the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations advises.

In a note to UN correspondents, the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) explained that as part of its mandate for stabilisation and protection of civilians, MINUSMA is conducting operations in the Niger loop south of the river. Specifically, MINUSMA units are conducting patrols, maintaining contacts with the local population and showing a presence to deter any threats to civilians.

DPKO noted that MINUSMA coordinates its operations closely with the other actors to ensure that efforts are complementary.

It said "Malian and French forces are also conducting operations in Gao Region, adding, "This makes MINUSMA’s presence south of the river particularly important to prevent a spill-over of armed groups’ activities into civilian areas which could threaten populations."

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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