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Takuba. Between Bamako and Copenhagen, the rag is burning. Denmark returns home (v2)

(B2) As soon as you arrive, as soon as you leave. The Danish soldiers of the task force Takuba will be repatriated soon. Against the backdrop of diplomatic tensions with Mali

The Danish government announced on Thursday afternoon (January 27) the repatriation of troops engaged in Mali as part of the task force Takuba. The approximately 90 soldiers (special forces, surgical and support teams) arrived between January 12 and 17 (Read: The Danes arrive in Takuba. But could leave again soon). The timetable for the withdrawal has not yet been specified, but the return is expected to take “ Several weeks “, according to the details of the ministry in a communicated.

A diplomatic showdown

This decision comes after several days of a diplomatic standoff between the Malian and Danish authorities. Barely days after the Danish deployment, the Malian government requested Monday, January 24, in a press release, the immediate withdrawal of the Danish forces engaged in the task force. He blames a deployment made “ without his consent or bilateral agreement. Denmark has denied this accusation. It was supported on Wednesday January 26 by a joint declaration of the member countries or support of the task force. A waste of time: the Malian transitional government reiterated and published a new press release asking " insistently » the departure of the Danes. Of which act.

A non-negligible operational loss

This departure will lead to a weakening of capacities in terms of care: the Danish team was to be responsible for emergency surgical interventions. Takuba does not remain without medical support however: the Franco-Italian pre-hospital system was declared fully operational on January 15.01, with medical evacuation capacity by helicopter.

As for the special forces, their task was initially to provide advice, support and cooperation for the benefit of the Malian armed forces.

(Helen Chachaty)

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