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Turkish parliament renews mandate of military mission in Mali and CAR


The Grand National Assembly (Parliament) of Turkey approved the government’s request to extend the powers of the Republic’s Armed Forces to carry out a military mission in Mali and the Central African Republic for a year.

Voting on this issue took place on Tuesday, October 19.

In accordance with the mandate issued, the Turkish military is given a legal opportunity to stay on the territory of these countries for another year.

A bill extending for a year the mandate of the Turkish military in UN operations and missions in Mali and the Central African Republic (CAR) was submitted to the Turkish parliament on October 6.

The document, signed by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, recalls that the UN has invited personnel of the Turkish Armed Forces to participate in the Multidisciplinary Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), as well as in the peacekeeping mission in the CAR.

“The contribution of the Turkish military to the settlement of humanitarian and political crises that pose a threat to peace and stability on the African continent is a natural continuation of Ankara’s active foreign policy,” the document says.

The first such mandate for participation in UN missions in two African countries was approved by the Turkish parliament on August 2, 2016.

The bill envisages an extension of the mandate for a year, starting from October 31, 2021.

The Anadolu Agency’s website publishes in a shortened form . .(HAS).