Envoy urges countries to step up critical support to UN mission in Mali

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Albert Gerard (Bert) Koenders (center), the Secretary-General's Special Representative and Head of MINUSMA, visited Kidal and Mopti during the second round of presidential elections in August 2013. UN Photo/Blagoje Grujic

Countries are being urged to provide critical equipment and personnel to the United Nations peacekeeping operation in Mali.

The call comes from mission chief Bert Koenders, who briefed the Security Council on Wednesday.

Koenders said the mission, known as MINUSMA, needs what he described as "critical enablers" such as helicopters which facilitate access to remote areas of the country to ensure the protection of civilians.

"I call on the members of this Council and troop- and police-contributing countries to do their utmost to enable the rapid deployment of additional enablers and battalions in Mali in order for MINUSMA to effectively and timely discharge its mandate Enablers are particularly important also within the context of our security and logistic support to the forthcoming legislative elections and given the risk of asymmetric threats." (23″)

The envoy said the development and humanitarian needs in Mali remain daunting, with a $477 million humanitarian appeal for the country less than 40 per cent funded.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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