Mali: Prime Minister launches disarmament operation in Mopti
Malian Prime Minister Boubou Cissé has completed his stay in the centre of the country. In the Mopti region, the head of government launched the disarmament operation advocated by Ibrahim Boubacar Kéita’s government.
Called “Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DRD)”, the new operation aims to bring more security to the centre of the country. For 48 hours, Boubou Cissé and his staff communed with key security actors and some rebel leaders in the centre of the country. On the occasion, an honour ceremony was held in the Soufroulaye camp to pay tribute to the Prime Minister. “The reduction or even total elimination of the possession of weapons, whether weapons of war, small arms or light weapons, is important to move towards the search for such security,” said Boubou.
According to RFI, the rebel leaders were optimistic about the project. “What is important is that we have an operational tool to disarm people but also to stabilize because there is no stability without disarmament,” said Zahabi Ould Sidi Mohamed, the brain behind the new DRD operation. As a hinterland country, Mali is facing attacks and the multiplication of armed groups on its territory. In recent months, several attacks have been carried out in the country with fairly heavy material and human toll.