July 22 (EUROPA PRESS) –
The President of the United States, Joe Biden, announced this Friday his decision to continue for another year the national emergency with respect to Mali declared in July 2019 “to face the unusual and extraordinary threat to US foreign policy that the situation in Mali constitutes”.
In a White House statement, Biden has assured that the current situation in Mali represents “an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States.”
Among the elements that generate this discontent, the US president has referred to the repeated violations of the ceasefire agreements carried out under the 2015 Peace and Reconciliation Agreement; the expansion of terrorist activity towards the south and center of Mali; the intensification of drug trafficking and human trafficking or Human Rights abuses and the taking of hostages.
Nor has it overlooked that there has been “another coup in the country, the presence of foreign mercenaries threatening peace, security and stability or the intensification of attacks against civilians, the security and defense forces of Mali, the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission (MINUSMA) and international security forces.
“For this reason, the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13882, on July 26, 2019, must continue in force beyond July 26, 2023. Therefore, in accordance with the National Emergencies Law, I will extend for one year the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13882 with respect to the situation in Mali,” Biden said in the aforementioned note.
To formalize this decision, the president explained, the notice will first be published in the Federal Register and then transmitted to Congress.
The National Emergencies Act establishes in its section 202 (d) the automatic termination of a national emergency unless –within 90 days prior to the anniversary date of its declaration– the president publishes in the Federal Register and transmits to Congress a notice indicating that the emergency will continue beyond its anniversary date.