A group of at least ten blue helmets from Canada arrived at the UN base in Mali on Sunday.
Peacekeepers arrived in the city of Gao in the north of the country. This group will prepare the conditions for the arrival of the rest of the contingent, which is expected in the coming weeks.
In total, Canada’s annual mission to Mali has 250 troops to be stationed in a German camp in Gao.
The crisis in Mali was the result of the overthrow in 2011 of the regime of Muammar Gaddafi in neighboring Libya, when refugees from the Tuareg tribes surged into Malian territory. Having occupied the northern part of the country, they proclaimed the independent state of Azawad there. Later Tuareg extruded from controlled territories by extremists.
In 2016, the UN Security Council reaffirmed the need to deploy a new 12,000-person MINUSMA peacekeeping mission in Mali to stabilize key settlements, especially in northern Mali, and to restore state power throughout the country.