Mali: Ban welcomes Netherlands' decision to contribute to peacekeeping mission
The Netherlands committed a major military element, including four armed helicopters, other critical assets, and approximately 380 military, police and civilian personnel, according to the statement.
“This contribution dovetails with existing Dutch development cooperation efforts in Mali,” the spokesperson noted.
Mr. Ban also reiterated today his call to Member States to assist MINUSMA in reaching its full authorized strength and in implementing its mandate in support of sustainable peace and security in the country.
In April, the Security Council approved a 12,600-strong MINUSMA, authorizing the blue helmets “to use all necessary means” to carry out security-related stabilization tasks, protect civilians, UN staff and cultural artifacts and create the conditions for provision of humanitarian aid.
MINUSMA's core task is to support the political process in Mali, in close coordination with the African Union (AU) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).