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The withdrawal can begin, Misma must deploy, says General Camara (Mali)

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(BRUSSELS2) For the Malian Minister of Defense, General Yamoussa Camara, who spoke in front of the European Union cameras last Monday (March 25), the time for withdrawal has come. “ The hardest part has been done now”. On the other hand, he calls for the “rapid” deployment of the civilian component of Misma, deeming it necessary to better observe the various cases of abuse that can occur against the population. The acts committed by soldiers against the population are “isolated” and will be “ sanctioned “, he assured. As for the EUTM mission, it is useful. Corn " it will not be enough”.

Maintaining all staff is not useful

« The hardest part has now been done. I don't think it's still useful to maintain the same numbers here today. Okay, there are still small groups that have retreated into refuge areas that we will have to continue tracking down to completely neutralize. I believe that to do this, we do not need all the staff here. I think that the fact that France wants to start reducing these numbers in April will not pose any particular problem. Because we believe that the elements of the Misma would also be fully deployed at this time alongside the armed forces which are in the process of upgrading the potential. »

Abuses against the population will be punished

“We cannot afford to commit acts against the population we have the task of defending. People need to understand that even if there are isolated acts, they are not deliberate acts, and deliberate acts will not go unpunished. We have a moral contract with the entire population. And we intend to honor this moral contract to honor the trust of the Malian populations in all their components. (…)

The civilian component of Misma must deploy

"Our wish is that the civilian component of Misma be deployed as soon as possible, to allow us to have neutral observers on the ground, because we are a bad advocate for ourselves so that we can identify on the land that does what.”

The EUTM mission: a first step

« The EUTM mission will last 15 months. Of course this will not be enough (for the Malian army). This will make it possible to train a core of instructors who will be able to continue to provide training, in continuity provided by EUTM. It's not sufficient. We are aware of this. And even in the area of ​​equipment, whatever equipment the European partners and other financial partners can provide us with, it will not be enough. »

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).