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The United Nations (UN) chief of the Peacekeeping Operations told Security Council today that the priority for a peaceful upcoming presidential election in Mali “must be for all actors to work hand in hand to promote inclusive and constructive political dialogue, and the peaceful resolution of differences.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 14 JUNE 2018, NEW YORK CITY

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RECENT – NEW YORK CITY

1.Exterior, United Nations Headquarters

14 JUNE 2018, NEW YORK CITY

2.Various shots, Security Council
3.SOUNDBITE (French) Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, United Nations:
“The presidential elections are in crucial phase and must lay the foundation for consolidating democracy in Mali. The priority must be for all actors to work hand in hand to promote inclusive and constructive political dialogue, and the peaceful resolution of differences so that everything is set up for peaceful elections.”
4.Wide shot, Security Council
5.SOUNDBITE (French) Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, United Nations:
“I think that it is worth well to point out that the United Nations is not in the position to certify the results of the election that is requested by the opposition parties, because this activity is not part of MINUSMA’s mandate. Moreover, any certification exercise of the electoral process must involve the entire process, not merely the results of the election and would moreover require prior authorization by this Council.”
6.Wide shot, Security Council
SOUNDBITE (English) Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, United Nations:
“The recently concluded independent strategic review of MINUSMA recommended that the UN country team take the lead in humanitarian, recovery, development and peacebuilding efforts, supporting Government efforts to deliver long-awaited peace dividends in an equitable, responsible and inclusive manner – including improving access to basic social services such as education, health and clean water, as well as providing more livelihood opportunities, in particular for women and youth.”
7. Med shot, Malian delegation
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, United Nations:
“With regards to MINUSMA, the Secretary- General is recommending a serious of adjustments suggested by the strategic review, aimed at underscoring the primacy of politics in the mission’s role. This will involve a shift in focus, prioritization and implementation of the Mission’s mandated tasks to maximize its role in support of the Agreement and in amplifying the peace process.”
9. Wide shot, Security Council
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, United Nations:
“Allow me to conclude by underlying that a stronger support to the G5 Sahel Join Force, including with predictable and sustainable financial resources, is critical not only to ensure the success of the joint force but also to reduce risks of human rights violations during counter-terrorism operations, by increasing monitoring and oversight capacity.”
11. Wide shot, Security Council
12. SOUNDBITE (French) Abdoulaye Diop, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Mali:
“I would like to strongly reaffirm the Government of Mali’s commitment to respect human rights and to ensure they be respected. I would like to reaffirm the complete commitment of my country to complete investigate on each and every case in this report.”
13. Wide shot, Security Council
14. SOUNDBITE (French) Abdoulaye Diop, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Mali:
“In conclusion, I would like to reiterate the complete determination of the Government of Mali to continue to own its commitments in terms of implementing the Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation. This is for us, the only way to have a lasting solution to our crisis and the only political project that can help us to rebuild the national unity of our country.”

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The United Nations (UN) chief of the Peacekeeping Operations told Security Council today that the priority for a peaceful upcoming presidential election in Mali “must be for all actors to work hand in hand to promote inclusive and constructive political dialogue, and the peaceful resolution of differences.”

Briefing the Security Council on the situation in Mali, the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix noted that the presidential elections are in crucial phase and must lay the foundation for consolidating democracy in Mali.”

According to UN, the last two weeks have been marked by disturbing tensions on the political front as the presidential election is approaching in six week. These tensions led to demonstrations on 2 June in Bamako where there were violent clashes between the supporters of the opposition and the Malian security forces.

He also said “I think that it is worth well to point out that the United Nations is not in the position to certify the results of the election that is requested by the opposition parties, because this activity is not part of MINUSMA’s mandate. Moreover, any certification exercise of the electoral process must involve the entire process, not merely the results of the election and would moreover require prior authorization by this Council.”

On a recent independent strategic review of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), the UN chief of the Peacekeeping Operations said that it recommended that “the UN country team take the lead in humanitarian, recovery, development and peacebuilding efforts, supporting Government efforts to deliver long-awaited peace dividends in an equitable, responsible and inclusive manner – including improving access to basic social services such as education, health and clean water, as well as providing more livelihood opportunities, in particular for women and youth.”

Lacroix also noted that the Secretary- General is recommending “a serious of adjustments suggested by the strategic review, aimed at underscoring the primacy of politics in the mission’s role.”

He continued “this will involve a shift in focus, prioritization and implementation of the Mission’s mandated tasks to maximize its role in support of the Agreement and in amplifying the peace process.”

Lacroix also underlined “a stronger support to the G5 Sahel Join Force, including with predictable and sustainable financial resources, is critical not only to ensure the success of the joint force but also to reduce risks of human rights violations during counter-terrorism operations, by increasing monitoring and oversight capacity.”

On recent reports of human rights violation in the country, the Malian Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdoulaye Diop said“I would like to strongly reaffirm the Government of Mali’s commitment to respect human rights and to ensure they be respected. I would like to reaffirm the complete commitment of my country to complete investigate on each and every case in this report.”

The Malian Ambassador also reiterated “the complete determination of the Government of Mali to continue to own its commitments in terms of implementing the Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation. This is for us, the only way to have a lasting solution to our crisis and the only political project that can help us to rebuild the national unity of our country.”
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