Wednesday, January 19, 2022

EU backs ECOWAS sanctions on Mali

The move is also EU’s response to the arrival of private military contractors from the Russian Wagner Group to Mali.

• January 13, 2022
EU Parliament
EU Parliament (credit: express.co.uk)

EU foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, on Thursday said the European Union would impose sanctions on Mali in line with measures taken by ECOWAS.

The Economic Community of West African States had sanctioned Mali on Sunday by suspending financial transactions over the interim authorities’ failure to hold democratic elections next month as agreed following a 2020 military coup.

Mr Borrell told reporters after a meeting of EU defence ministers in the western French city of Brest that “the risk that the situation in this country deteriorates is evident.”

He said the EU move was also a response to the arrival of private military contractors from the Russian Wagner Group, whose members are mostly ex-service personnel.

France has thousands of troops fighting Islamist militants in the Sahel region and in December joined 15 other countries, mostly European states operating in Mali, in condemning the possible arrival of mercenaries.

In December the 27-nation EU imposed sanctions on Wagner and set up a new sanctions regime for Mali with a view to targeting the junta.

“The new sanctions regime was agreed and these discussions will now continue,” French Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly, told a news conference alongside Mr Borrell.

French officials have said consultations are underway between France and its European partners on how to respond and whom to sanction. Decisions are likely by the end of January.

(Reuters/NAN)

More from Peoples Gazette

Anti-Corruption

EFCC detains Fashola money man Supo Shasore

A former attorney general and commissioner for justice in Lagos Olasupo Shasore is being grilled by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) operatives.

Sanwo-Olu

Lagos

Lagos govt seals nightclubs over lack of fire extinguishers, poor hygiene

The Lagos official slammed the failure of the outfits to obtain safety compliance certificates and register with the commission through its www.lasgsafetyreg.com portal.

Rights

Nigerian Senate proposes bill for tenants to pay monthly rent

“There are many tenants whose salaries are competing with their rents because they live in cities like Abuja. The law will prevent the poor workers from any form of oppression.”

Bello and Bandits

Politics

Four hundred people killed, kidnapped in 17 days in Niger communities: Gov. Bello

“We also lost some security personnel – their number is 25. Unfortunately, we lost about 165 civilians and 30 local vigilantes,” Mr Bello lamented.

Sadio Mane

Sport

AFCON 2021: After Malawi draw, Senegal reach knockout phase

Neither side could eventually find the breakthrough as Senegal sailed through, while Guinea joined them despite their loss as runners-up.

Tiwa Savage/Wizkid

Showbiz

Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, Fireboy nominated for NAACP award 2022

Wizkid was nominated for ‘Essence’, featuring Tems and Justin Bieber, while Fireboy DML got the nomination from his hit song, ‘Peru’.