Parliamentary Testimony: Mali

On 28 November, the Institute’s Senior Researcher for Rule of Law, Marco Lankhorst, testified before the Dutch parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs.

The committee hearing was arranged to help Parliament determine its position on the Cabinet’s intention to contribute personnel to the UN’s peacekeeping mission in Mali. Experts were invited to provide the committee with a better understanding of challenges facing Mali and the wider region.

“It is sensible to send a mission to Mali. But we should realize that a crisis very similar to the one we are seeing now occurred 20 years ago,” said Lankhorst. “We shouldn’t repeat mistakes of the past. The peacekeeping mission must also focus on root causes including corruption and impunity. Further, military action must truly be integrated with civil development projects.”

Read more from Dr. Lankhorst’s testimony. Download the English or Dutch version [PDF Files] to the right of this article.

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