Copenhagen (AFP) – 12/02/2022. 07:08
Denmark suspends aid to Mali and Burkina Faso
- Denmark will suspend part of its development aid to Mali after the forced departure of its soldiers from the country
- This decision was taken by Development Minister Fleming Mueller Mortensen
- Mali has been under severe sanctions from the Economic Community of West African States since January 9
will be stuck Denmark Part of its development assistance to Financial After the forced departure of its soldiers from the country, as well as for Burkina Faso due to the military coup that it witnessed.
This decision was taken by Development Minister Fleming Mueller Mortensen.
“We will suspend the entire plan and do a clear review of it,” the minister explained in an interview with the daily Jyllands-Posten at the end of last week.
“We will continue to support humanitarian projects and civil society projects, but cooperation with central ministries will be suspended, and it is a subject for study with the United Nations and the European Union,” the official said.
At the end of January, the ruling military junta in Mali suddenly demanded the departure of hundreds of Danish soldiers soon after their arrival in the country, considering that their presence did not receive the “approval” of Bamako.
Denmark then denounced the regime’s “dirty political game”, and announced the return of its forces two days after the decision.
With regard to Burkina Faso, the Danish decision came after the coup it witnessed last month, according to Copenhagen.
Mali is one of the priority countries to receive development assistance from Denmark, which allocates more than 0.7 percent of its GDP to international aid, one of the highest rates in the world.
Between 2017 and 2022, Denmark allocated about 122 million euros to the African country, mainly to support decentralization and human rights, and many Danish and Scandinavian NGOs are active in Mali.
The minister did not specify the part that was suspended from this amount.
Since January 9, Mali has been under heavy sanctions from the Economic Community of West African States and the West African Economic and Monetary Union due to the military rulers’ intention to stay in power for several years after seizing it in August 2020.