African G5 force ‘better’ than UN peacekeepers, says Mauritanian premier

As well as fighting militants, the G5 tackles smuggling and illegal immigration networks that operate in these vast, remote areas on the Sahara’s southern fringe.

The extremism and lawlessness is the result of the chaos that engulfed Libya in 2011, the Islamist takeover of northern Mali in 2012 and the rise of Boko Haram in northern Nigeria.

The 12,000-strong UN peacekeeping force in Mali, Minusma, has an annual budget of around  $1bn.

Aziz, speaking two weeks before Mauritania is to host a donor conference for the G5 Sahel, said: “We don’t understand why the international community continues to pour billions of dollars into Minusma, without results while the five G5 countries… don’t manage to raise even one-tenth of what goes every year to…

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