MINUSMA interim chief says people of Timbuktu want peaceListen /
The people of Timbuktu want peace, they want stability so all the elements are there for success, according to David Gressly, the interim chief of the UN Mission in Mali (MINUSMA).
He says among the challenges is the security but believes that it's quite manageable, though there are concerns about asymmetric conflict which must be taken into account. Gressly says "We just need to get started with the job and get going".
“I think the message to the people of Timbuktu and to the region is that the international community at large is very much concerned about what has happened here in 2012; has decided to take definitive real action to make sure what happened in 2012 never happens again so that Mali is not used as a platform for those who want to bring these things to this region. We are here to stay until the job is done.”
Gressly says as the team walks around the city there are very welcoming people –very much wanting the United Nations to be there, very anxious to have the UN establish its presence.
And he believes the mission has every chance of good success working with the people.
Donn Bobb, United Nations.