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Mali Orders Temporary Suspension of UN Troop Rotations

A UN police escort an armoured car of the United Nations Stabilisation Mission in Mali, during a patrol in Timbuktu.

A UN police escort an armoured car of the United Nations Stabilisation Mission in Mali, during a patrol in Timbuktu.

Photographer: Florent Vergnes/AFP/Getty Images

Mali’s military leadership ordered a temporary halt to all United Nations troop rotations, days after arresting 49 soldiers from Ivory Coast who were supporting the UN’s peacekeeping mission.

The suspension applies to all military and police personnel in the 13,000-strong UN force until further notice, Mali’s foreign affairs ministry said in an emailed statement Thursday.