France, 14 nations urge Mali junta to quickly fix Denmark forces situation

France, 14 nations urge Mali junta to quickly fix Denmark forces situation
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Mali's government said on Monday it had asked Denmark to immediately withdraw troops deployed to the West African nation as part of a French-led counter-terrorism task force.
Mali's junta has objected to Denmark's contingent in the French-led Takuba task force [THOMAS COEX/AFP/Getty-file photo]

France and 14 other countries called on the Malian junta on Wednesday to quickly remedy an issue with Danish forces at a critical time for the country, in a statement published late on Wednesday.

Mali's government said on Monday it had asked Denmark to immediately withdraw troops deployed to the West African nation as part of a French-led counter-terrorism task force.

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In a statement, the 15 countries said they deeply regretted a statement by the Malian transitional authorities alleging that the Danish contingent in the task force Takuba was made without a proper legal basis, and that Takuba partners are conducting their action in Mali within a robust legal framework agreed upon by Mali's sovereign government.

(Reuters)