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13-Jul-2017 00:02:47
A top United Nations official for West Africa and the Sahel told the Security Council that “despite laudable progress in democratic consolidation, the security situation in that region remains a cause for concern.” UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 13 JULY 2017, NEW YORK CITY
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1. Med shot, UN flag at UN Headquarters

13 JULY 2017, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. Close up, president banging gavel
4. Med shot, delegates
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Mohamed Ibn Chambas, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of UNOWAS:
“Despite laudable progress in democratic consolidation, the security situation in West Africa and the Sahel remains a cause for concern.”
6. Wide shot, meeting
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Mohamed Ibn Chambas, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of UNOWAS:
“Terrorism and violent extremism, in addition to the humanitarian crisis and
threats to state integrity that they generate, have exacerbated traditional threats. These factors, combined with climate change, youth bulge and unemployment and unchecked urbanization constitute veritable push factors underpinning the surge in irregular migration and human trafficking.”
8. Wide shot, meeting
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Mohamed Ibn Chambas, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of UNOWAS:
“In the Sahel, persistent instability in Mali is spilling over to Burkina Faso and Niger, with deadly attacks along border areas. The Liptako Gourma region, linking Mali with Burkina Faso and Niger, has seen a significant expansion of violent extremist and terrorist activities in the past months, including coordinated cross-border attacks against security posts and ransacking of border settlements.”
10. Med shot, Chambas at the meeting
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Mohamed Ibn Chambas, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of UNOWAS:
“Recent attacks in Maiduguri and the Diffa region demonstrate that Boko Haram continues to pose a serious threat in the area. The mode and sophistication of these attacks have raised suspicions that the Boko Haram militants might have acquired reinforcements.”
12. Cutaway, delegates
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Mohamed Ibn Chambas, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of UNOWAS:
“UNOWAS will continue to work closely with all stakeholders and development partners of the region to help consolidate peace and stability in West Africa and the Sahel. I also renew my appeal to partners to maintain their engagement, including through financial support, to continue saving lives and promote sustainable solutions.”
14. Wide shot, meeting ends
STORYLINE
The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for West Africa and the Sahel, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, briefed the Security Council on the situation in West Africa and the Sahel region.

He said that despite laudable progress in democratic consolidation, the security situation in West Africa and the Sahel remains a cause for concern.

Chambas also said that terrorism and violent extremism have exacerbated traditional threats.

He said “these factors, combined with climate change, youth bulge and unemployment and unchecked urbanization constitute veritable push factors underpinning the surge in irregular migration and human trafficking.”

On the Sahel, Chambas warned that “persistent instability in Mali is spilling over to Burkina Faso and Niger, with deadly attacks along the border.”

On the security situation in the Lake Chad Basin, Special Representative said that “recent attacks in Maiduguri and the Diffa region demonstrate that Boko Haram continues to pose a serious threat in the area. The mode and sophistication of these attacks have raised suspicions that the Boko Haram militants might have acquired reinforcements.”

Chambas, who is also the head of the United Nations Office for West Africa (UNOWAS) said that his office “will continue to work closely with all stakeholders and development partners of the region to help consolidate peace and stability in West Africa and the Sahel.”

Special Representative ended his report by appealing to “partners to maintain their engagement, including through financial support, to continue saving lives and promote sustainable solutions.”
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