Is Mali asserting "real independence"? France demands tough sanctions, German FDP more weapons

The Malian military-civilian government wants to postpone the announced election. The situation in the country does not allow for safe elections. A longer transition period is needed. Initially, it had proposed five years, then two years. According to information from France, this decision is hardly criticised in Mali. The criticism comes mainly from the neighbouring states in West Africa and the closely linked France and the USA, the important former colonial power and the most important neo-colonial power of the Western bloc since 1945. On the one hand, they fight Africa together against African-led independence efforts, and on the other hand, they fight each other for spheres of influence. In the UN, the French and US governments were unable to push through a sanctions resolution against Mali; China and Russia prevented this and call for an understanding of the government's arguments and for dialogue. The deployment of Russian private soldiers by the Malian government is also a thorn in the side of the West; until now, only the West and African states linked to it had troops and military influence in Mali. However, they were unable to ensure that the violence subsided; instead, after their deployment, the violence escalated and has since spread to neighbouring states. The German FDP politician Strack-Zimmermann criticises considerations to withdraw from Mali and calls instead for the deployment of heavy weapons by the Bundeswehr in Mali.


The thesis we are discussing is whether it is not Western intention to plunge the states into chaos, to reverse the nation-state development achieved after independence in order to prevent a union of the states to end neo-colonial exploitation and to regain control over raw materials in exchange for weapons through cooperation with civil war factions. The West has so far blocked all attempts to end the wars through negotiations with jihadist groups. although violence is now spilling over into coastal countries. Obwohl die Gewalt immer größeres Leid für die Menschen bedeutet jetzt auch auf die Küstenländer überspringt. Der Libyenkrieg der NATO war der Auslöser der aktuellen Destabilisierung Westafrikas. Obwohl afrikanische Politiker genau das vorausgesagt hatten, hat der Westen das ignoriert oder genau diese Destabilisierung gewollt und Gaddafi gestürzt.


The Malian government is calling on Malians to demonstrate across the country on Friday for the lifting of sanctions. The musician, Alpha Blondie, who is very well known in West Africa, is calling on West African countries to lift sanctions and support, rather than weaken, Malians' quest for an independent position.


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My friend from Paris, a Malian active in France in the Socialist Party and Trade Union and the Diaspora from Mali, passed on to us the following position statement from the MPR Diaspora:


Thanks to ECOWAS and its mistress for their satanic decisions.


Faced with traitors from within and without, we need determination, conviction and sacred union.


"At home in the Mande, we do what we say and we say what we do.


I ask for the total application of the resolution of the NRA without reserve.


It is necessary to apply the law of Talion eye for eye, tooth for tooth.


Take measures with immediate effect


- Leave ECOWAS and WAMU


- Recall our Ambassadors from the countries of these organizations that are destroying our country


- Declared French media representatives persona non grata in Mali, starting with Serge Daniel.


Negotiate with Algeria and Guinea Conakry to make their seaports available if not already done.


- Strengthen military cooperation with Russia until the establishment of an ultra-modern high security military base in the North because France will not forgive.


I call on Malians to support the Transition, its President Colonel Asimi Goita, the 4 colonels and the Government of Dr. Choguel K Maiga, Prime Minister.


Life is a fight, together we will win


As the Prime Minister Dr. Choguel K Maiga said, I quote "let's stay mobilized and determined" end of quote.


Mamadou Camara


MPR diaspora




Mali: Junta denounces ‘illegal and illegitimate sanctions’

By Jeune Afrique Posted on Wednesday, 12 January 2022 09:23

Colonel Assimi Goita, leader of Malia’s military junta, attends the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) consultative meeting in Accra, Ghana 15 September 2020 © REUTERS/Francis Kokoroko

Bamako's reaction was not long in coming. A few hours after Ecowas brutally hardened its position vis-à-vis the transitional authorities, government spokesman Colonel Abdoulaye Maiga appeared on national television to denounce the influence of “extra-regional powers.”

The tug-of-war between Ecowas and the Malian authorities is rapidly escalating. Furthermore, Bamako’s response is just as harsh as the measures decided by the West African organisation on 9 January in Accra. “Mali’s government vigorously condemns these illegal and illegitimate sanctions,” said government spokesman Colonel Abdoulaye Maiga on national television that evening. READ MORE Mali: ECOWAS announces tough measures to force Bamako's return to civilian rule Dressed in uniform, he also announced that ambassadors accredited in Ecowas member countries would be recalled along with the closure of land and air borders with these countries. “The government of Mali regrets that West African sub-regional organisations are being manipulated by extra-regional powers with ulterior motives,” he added, without naming these “powers.” Severe measures On 9 January, Ecowas and the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) adopted a series of economic and diplomatic measures against Mali, designed to sanction the junta, which wants to remain in power for several more years. Although the transitional government had initially pledged to hold presidential and legislative elections on 27 February 2022, it is now planning to hand over power anywhere between six months to five years. “The Malian junta’s proposal to hold presidential elections in December 2026 is totally unacceptable,” said Ecowas. It “means that an illegitimate transitional military government will hold the Malian people hostage for the next five years.” Ecowas also decided to cut off financial aid and freeze Mali’s assets at the Central Bank of West African States (BCEAO), while continuing to trade basic necessities. Member countries will recall their ambassadors to Mali. Furthermore, they have stated that the sanctions will take effect immediately and will be gradually lifted once the Malian authorities have presented an “acceptable” timetable and satisfactory progress has been made in implementing it. The sanctions are even tougher than those adopted after the August 2020 putsch, which, in the midst of a pandemic, were severely felt. They forced the junta to commit to handing over power to civilians within 18 months of holding elections.

A ‘joke’ Citing the continuing insecurity in the country, the junta now says it is unable to hold presidential and parliamentary elections as planned by the end of February 2022. It stresses the need for prior reforms to ensure that the polls are not contested, as they have been in the past. Sensing West Africa’s wrath, the junta sent Abdoulaye Diop, its minister of foreign affairs, and Colonel Abdoulaye Maiga to Accra on 8 January, asking them to submit a revised timetable to their interlocutors. “Mali’s counter-proposal is a four-year transition period. It is a joke,” said a senior Ghanaian official, whose country is currently leading Ecowas. According to our information, the Malian ministers proposed that the additional five years of power they were asking for be reduced to two. The organisation, whose credibility is at stake, believes that it is a question of defending the fundamental principle of governance, putting an end to the “contagion of fait accompli” and containing regional instability. This was the eighth time since August 2020 (not counting ordinary summits) that West African leaders had met, either face-to-face or by video conference, to talk specifically about Mali (and Guinea, which in September 2021 also experienced a putsch). Ecowas had previously suspended Mali from its decision-making bodies, imposed a freeze on its financial assets and issued a travel ban against 150 Malian figures, who are – according to it – guilty of obstructing the elections. These sanctions remain in force.

Mali: Junta denounces ‘illegal and illegitimate sanctions’ (theafricareport.com)


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