Federal defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen (CDU, right) with her French counterpart, Florence Parly during the visit to the training mission in Mali. © Michael Kappeler/dpa

Germany has taken over for the third Time the command of the EU training mission in Mali (EUTM). Of the armed forces-Brigadier General Peter Mirow is in charge. It is in the European interest to ensure security and stability in the Region, said defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen (CDU) after the handover ceremony in the capital Bamako.

“here We fight against the terrorism, against organized crime, against the smuggling gangs, but we all have to fight for stability, for the peace agreement and for the better future prospects of the people here in the country,” said von der Leyen. At a Meeting with Mali’s government chief Soumeylou Boubèye Maïga, you have called for more “dynamism” in the implementation of the objectives and “very clear our expectations formulated”. Bamako has to comply with the Commitments to the international community. “Because the people at home, they also want success, you want to see progress in these missions.”

The EU Mission is the training of the Malian army, as well as the reaction Force of the G5-Sahel States (Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, Chad). In the context of the use currently, nearly 600 soldiers are stationed in Mali, Germany, of which around 150. A total of 25 countries will take part in the Mission.

“army of Europeans” in the foreseeable future

Von der Leyen spoke out in favour of a joint European military faster decision-making operations in Crisis situations to create paths. Armed forces would have to be borne by MP and supported. It’s conceivable that a joint Committee of the various European States, however, “bears the responsibility for the different Nations forming the army of the Europeans”.

“I am firmly Convinced that we will have in the foreseeable future, an army of Europeans,” the Minister said. In Mali to see how such an army in its entirety, with the growing cooperation of European States. The work had been begun last year with the establishment of the European defence Union. At the weekend the French President, Emmanuel Macron called for had to form a “European army”.

Von der Leyen also expressed concern about human rights in Mali violations of soldiers. The United Nations accuse the soldiers of the intervention Force, in may, twelve civilians executed, after one of their comrades was killed in an attack. “We expect that the us trained soldiers are the guardians of human rights and their protection prescribe,” said von der Leyen.

the structure of The Malian army should make a contribution to the stabilisation of the Region. More than 13,000 Malian soldiers have been trained. The North of Mali was in 2012 after a military coup temporarily in the hands of Islamist and other rebel groups. A process of reconciliation with rebel forces advancing only slowly.

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