UN / MALI

05-Oct-2017 00:02:01
During a Security Council meeting on Mali, a top UN official said that over the past months, the debate on the revision of the Constitution, as well as clashes between the two signatories of the peace agreement, have almost derailed the implementation of the agreement. UNIFEED
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LANGUAGE: FRENCH / NATS

DATELINE: 05 OCTOBER 2017, NEW YORK CITY / RECENT
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RECENT – NEW YORK CITY
1. Exterior, United Nations Headqaurters

05 OCTOBER 2017, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. SOUNDBITE (French) Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Mali, Mahamat Saleh Annadif:
“All of the parties are called upon to redouble their efforts to consolidate the trust between them and to do this, despite the delays that I just mentioned in the implementation of the agreement, is to become involved in necessary reforms and a peace dividend which is so much awaited for the people of Mali.”
4. Wide shot, Security Council
5. SOUNDBITE (French) Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Mali, Mahamat Saleh Annadif:
“The almost daily loss of life of the United Nations peacekeepers caused by improvised explosive devices or mines has become unbearable.”
6. Wide shot, Security Council
7. SOUNDBITE (French) Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Mali, Mahamat Saleh Annadif:
“Nevertheless, as you might know, the humanitarian response plan was only funded more or less up to 35 per cent, which allows the government and its partners to help thousands of our citizens in the north, who were affected by the conflict.”
8. Wide shot, Security Council
9. SOUNDBITE (French) Minister of Foreign Affairs of Mali, Abdoulaye Diop:
“The Government of Mali welcomes the adoption of Resolution 2364 by the Security Council, renewing the mandate of MINUSMA. Such resolution, building on Resolution 2295 calls upon MINUSMA to adopt a more proactive posture and gives it a more robust mandate.”
10. Wide shot, Security Council
11. SOUNDBITE (French) Minister of Foreign Affairs of Mali, Abdoulaye Diop:
“This is why the Government of Mali believes that the Security Council needs to focus more attention on rendering fully operational MINUSMA, and strengthening the operational capacity of that mission in order to allow to fully effectively implementing its mandate.”
12. Wide shot, Security Council
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Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Mali, Mahamat Saleh Annadif told the Security Council that over the past months, the debate on the revision of the Constitution, as well as clashes between the two signatories of the peace agreement, have almost derailed the implementation of the agreement.

While these crises have been averted, Annadif today (05 Oct) called on all parties to redouble their efforts to re-establish confidence, commit to reforms and provide peace dividends to the population.

He warned that the UN Mission is confronted with major challenges related to the activities of extremist and terrorist groups, as well as criminal networks. He said these are the main obstacles to the return of peace and added that the almost daily loss of peacekeepers is becoming “unbearable.”

Annadif reiterated the need for funding to invest in protection against indirect attacks, as well as in the improvement of surveillance, detection, and early warning alarm systems.

He noted that only 35 per cent of the humanitarian response plan for Mali has been funded so far, adding that the funding “allows the government and its partners to help thousands of our citizens in the north, who were affected by the conflict.”

Also speaking at the meeting, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Mali, Abdoulaye Diop told the Council that his government welcomes the adoption of the Resolution 2364 by the Security Council, renewing the mandate of MINUSMA, adding that such resolution “calls upon MINUSMA to adopt a more proactive posture and gives it a more robust mandate.”

He also said “the Government of Mali believes that the Security Council needs to focus more attention on rendering fully operational MINUSMA, and strengthening the operational capacity of that mission in order to allow to fully effectively implementing its mandate.”
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