Press release 171/2013
23 August 2013
The President of the Republic decided on Friday, 23 August 2013 that Finland will participate in the UN’s Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). The Finnish contribution will be limited to a maximum of five military personnel.
The aim of the mission is to help stabilise the situation in Mali and to support the political process in the country. The mission’s mandate extends to protecting civilians, promoting human rights and supporting humanitarian assistance.
The Finnish soldiers will be deployed at mission headquarters. The Finnish involvement in the mission forms part of concrete Nordic cooperation that all the Nordic countries are keen to develop in the field of crisis management. The UN mission was launched in July 2103.
Additional information: First Secretary Päivi Karhio-Szilvay tel. +358 1605 5275, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, and Senior Staff Officer Juhani Karjomaa, tel. +358 295 140 317, Ministry of Defence.