Three Chinook helicopters to Mali
The Netherlands will add three Chinook transport helicopters to its contribution to the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). In the vast area of northern Mali, the availability of transport helicopters is of great value to the UN mission. The helicopters will be used for medical evacuation, transportation tasks and tactical mobility.
The 3 Chinook helicopters and accompanying 70 military staff will be added to the existing military contribution, consisting of 348 personnel and 4 Apache helicopters, dedicated to information analysis. In addition to the military contribution, the Netherlands also contributes 30 police officers, who will focus on police training, rule of law and security sector reform. Furthermore, the Netherlands aims to contribute civil experts on matters such as gender and protection of civilians. The total Dutch contribution to MINUSMA, including Chinook helicopters, constitutes of 450 people. The Dutch will participate in MINUSMA until the end of 2015.
The Netherlands is concerned about the fragile security situation in North-Mali. The Netherlands attaches great importance to international security, stability and rule of law. Solidarity with the Malian population, confronted with poverty, insecurity and humand rights violations, gave rise to the decision to contribute to MINUSMA. The Dutch efforts in MINUSMA are complementary to its longstanding development endeavours in Mali.