Security Council urged to facilitate deployment of a mission in Mali

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Displaced children in the Mali capital, Bamako, eat a welcome meal. (UNHCR/H. Caux)

The UN Security Council has been urged to facilitate the deployment of the African-led Support Mission in Mali, AFISMA.

The request was conveyed by the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for West Africa, Said Djinnit, during a briefing to the Council on Friday.

He said that the military intervention by France at the request of the government to stop the advance southwards by extremist groups and pave the way for the Support Mission was widely supported by the international community.

Mr. Djinnit commended the rapid deployment of troops on the ground in Mali by countries of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

"Following the recent ECOWAS Summit, the Chairman of the ECOWAS Authority, President Alassane Ouattara, requested me to underscore with the United Nations in New York the importance that West African leaders attach to the immediate provision of logistical and financial support by the United Nations to facilitate the deployment of AFISMA. I hope their request will be considered favourably and swiftly as the Security Council considers the letter submitted by the Secretary-General on 19 January."

Duration:  29"

Mr. Djinnit stressed that the political process to the crisis in Mali should not to be neglected.

He said it is essential for the Malian authorities to finalize the roadmap to end the transition through an inclusive and consultative process before its adoption.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

Duration: 1'21"

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