Photo: Permanent Mission of Portugal to the UN
On June 20th Belgium, Denmark, Norway, Portugal and Sweden signed a Letter of Intent establishing a two-year long rotation of military transport aircraft capacity for the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), in the presence of USG for Peacekeeping Operations, Hervé Ladsous, and USG for Field Support, Atul Khare.
The five countries took the initiative to provide military air transport services for MINUSMA, based on a six months long rotation. Norway will make available the already existing Norwegian camp at Bamako Airport (Camp Bifrost) to the other countries, sustaining camp facilities and services for the entire two years period.
Altogether, those capacities are an important force multiplier and a critical component for the normal functioning of the Mission.
By committing themselves to make available a high quality enabling capacity to MINUSMA, Belgium, Denmark, Norway, Portugal and Sweden are guarantying long term predictability to a Mission that operates in a vast territory and under severe security conditions.
Furthermore, this cooperation is a cost-effective solution to the UN, as well as to the contributing countries, and a good example of how countries together can contribute with critical assets.