West Africa and Sahel threatened by organized crime

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Organized crime is threatening the already fragile peace, security and stability in West Africa and the Sahel region, according to UN officials and other leaders.

At a Security Council meeting hosted by Togo, the country's President, Faure Essozimna Gnassingbe said more resources and a greater commitment from the international community are needed.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told Ambassadors that while the UN has been helping in the region, the upheaval in Libya is having side effects such as an influx of weapons.

He also said a growing food crisis rooted in drought currently affects millions and has raised fears that the situation could worsen further still.

Julie Walker reports.

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