Security Council calls for greater cooperation to fight terrorism in the SahelListen /
The Security Council is calling for countries in Africa's Sahel region to strengthen cooperation to address terrorism and other challenges.
In a Presidential Statement issued on Tuesday, Council members reaffirmed their strong commitment to the sovereignty, territorial integrity, political independence and unity of these nations.
Rosemary DiCarlo, charge d’affaires at the United States Mission to the UN, is the Security Council president for July.
"The Security Council calls on Sahel, West African and Maghreb States to enhance inter-regional cooperation and coordination in order to develop inclusive and effective strategies to combat in a comprehensive and integrated manner the activities of terrorist groups, to prevent the proliferation of all arms and to curb transnational organized crime including illicit activities such as drug trafficking. The Security Council emphasizes the importance of regional and international coordination in addressing the threat of terrorism in the Sahel region, including information sharing and close cooperation between the UN, the Global Counter-Terrorism Forum, the African Union and other relevant organizations and initiatives."
The Security Council also welcomes the UN Secretary-General's intention to hold a High Level Meeting on the Sahel during the upcoming General Assembly, and his proposed visit to the region later this year.
Dianne Penn, United Nations.