UN / FRANCE DELATTRE

02-Oct-2017 00:01:38
French Ambassador François Delattre said the joint G5 Sahel force “is the appropriate force to build on the work that has already been done” by the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) and will begin operations later this month. UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / FRANCE DELATTRE
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SOURCE: UNIFEED
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LANGUAGE: FRENCH / NATS

DATELINE: 02 OCTOBER 2017, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE – RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, United Nations headquarters

02 OCTOBER 2017, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, presser
3. Med shot, journalists
4. SOUNDBITE (French) François Delattre, Permanent Representative of the French Republic to the United Nations:
“The joint G5 Sahel force is the appropriate force to build on the work that has already been done by MINUSMA, and complement this work, with the purpose of carrying out anti-terrorist operations that are beyond MINUSMA’s mandate. And because this force covers by definition an area that is broader, the deployment of the joint force of the G5 Sahel on the ground is moving forward well, with the goal of carrying out its first operations this month, in October.”
5. Med shot, journalists
6. SOUNDBITE (French) François Delattre, Permanent Representative of the French Republic to the United Nations:
“The aim is to directly assess the situation on the ground and to evaluate in line with the recommendations of the report and in light of the actual situation on the ground.”
7. Med shot, journalists
8. SOUNDBITE (French) François Delattre, Permanent Representative of the French Republic to the United Nations:
“We, the international community have the moral and political responsibility to provide support to the African states that are coming together on a regional scale to combat terrorism and are deploying capacities that are complimentary to those put in place by the Security Council.”
9. Wide shot, journalists
10. Wide shot, end of presser
STORYLINE
French Ambassador François Delattre today (2 Oct) said the joint G5 Sahel force “is the appropriate force to build on the work that has already been done” by the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) and will begin operations later this month.

Speaking to reporters in New York, Delattre said the purpose of the force is to carry out “anti-terrorist operations that are beyond MINUSMA’s mandate.” He added that the deployment of the joint force “is moving forward well.”

The French Ambassador, who will preside the Council during the month of October, announced that a Council delegation will soon visit three countries in the region, Burkina Faso, Mauritania, and Mali.

He said the aim of the visit “is to directly assess the situation on the ground and to evaluate in line with the recommendations of the report and in light of the actual situation on the ground.”

Delattre said “we, the international community have the moral and political responsibility to provide support to the African states that are coming together on a regional scale to combat terrorism and are deploying capacities that are complimentary to those put in place by the Security Council.”

In June the Council endorsed the formation the G5 Sahel joint force, comprising Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger, to combat terrorism and transnational organized crime in the restive region.
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