Danish Hercules C-130J transport aircraft
The Danish effort in Mali
Denmark currently contributes with a C-130J transport aircraft and 3 staff officers to the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali (MINUSMA). The transport aircraft contribution consist of approx. 60 persons including staff from the Danish Home Guard. It is deployed to Bamako from May to November 2017. The primary task is to transport cargo and personnel for the mission. The aircraft is deployed as part of a rotation scheme for transport aircrafts to the mission. The Danish transport aircraft replaced a Portuguese aircraft and is to be followed by a Swedish transport aircraft.
Denmark has contributed to MINUSMA since 2014. In 2016, Danish Special Operations Forces was part of a Dutch ”Special Operations Task Group” (SOTG) in the Gao region in northern Mali. Their tasks consisted of patrolling activities, surveillance and area analysis. From March 2015 to December 2016, the Danish Major General Michael Lollesgaard was the Force Commander of MINUSMA. In addition, Denmark has provided substantial financial support to the mission.
MINUSMA was established in 2013, authorized by the UN Security Council (Resolution 2100). The purpose of MINUSMA is to support the implementation of a ceasefire between the government of Mali and the armed groups "Platform" and "Coordination" and to protect civilians, among other things. The mission has the authority to use all necessary means (including military means) to carry out its mandate. The current authorisation is for a maximum of 13,289 soldiers and 1,920 policemen.
Apart from Denmark, the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali is also supported by The Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Germany, among others.
Read more about the MINUSMA mission here
Mandate for the effort
On December 19th 2013, the Danish Parliament adopted motion B 28 for a Danish military contribution in support of the United Nations peacekeeping operation in Mali within the framework of the UN Security Council Resolution 2100 of 25th April 2013.
On November 17th 2015 the Danish Parliament adopted motion B 26, which sets the framework for the Danish C-130J transport aircraft contribution and the Special Operation Force contribution.
This article in Danish