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UN Chief António Guterres told the Security Council today that “investing in peace in Mali is investing in global security.” He urged the Council to continue its full support to the Mission (MINUSMA) and to UN humanitarian and development agencies and partners on the ground. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 29 MARCH 2019, NEW YORK CITY

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RECENT – NEW YORK CITY

1.Wide shot, exterior, United Nations

29 MARCH 2019, NEW YORK CITY

2.Various shots, Security Council
3. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Investing in peace in Mali is investing in global security. I urge your continued full support to MINUSMA and to United Nations humanitarian and development agencies and to our partners on the ground. However, this support will never be sufficient. There is no substitute for political will.”
4. Med shot, delegates
5. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“I call on the Government of Mali, the leaders of the political opposition and the signatory movements to redouble their efforts to overcome the challenges the country is facing. Now is the time to work together to bring back peace and stability to Mali.”
6. Various shots, Security Council
7. SOUNDBITE (French) Jean-Yves Le Drain, France Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs:
“MINUSMA has made significant efforts to adapt to the operational needs on the ground and to the momentum of the peace process, secure of the launce of the DDR process in the north of Mali, has shown its ability to response in the face of devolving security situation in the centre of the country, where in fact requires decisive action to put an end to the violence. But let us be clear, the primer responsibility is with the Malian authority, but MINUSMA is also the only international presence in this region, and can help support the efforts of the Malian authorities.”
8. Med shot, delegates
9. Wide shot, Security Council
10. SOUNDBITE (English) David Hale, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, U.S. Department of State:
“No matter how valiant their efforts though, MINUSMA cannot fill the gap while the government and parties to the Algiers Accord fail to make progress in implementing the peace agreement, and this Council has tried during MINUSMA’s six years to get the mission to perform optimally and minimize risks to peacekeepers. The inability of the parties to make significant progress after signing Mali’s peace agreement in 2015 has inhibited the mission’s ability to implement the mandate.”
11. Med shot, delegates
12. SOUNDBITE (English) David Hale, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, U.S. Department of State:
“This failing has put civilians, peacekeepers, and domestic and international forces at greater risk from terrorism as communal violence has spread throughout the region. Despite some progress in the last several months and after only modest progress in prior years, it’s time to evaluate whether a peacekeeping mission in such an environment is the appropriate or effective solution to the problem set in northern Mali.”
13. Wide shot, Security Council
14. SOUNDBITE (French) Soumeylou Boubdye MaTga, Prime Minister of Mali:
“Mali today is at the crossroads. There are two possibilities: either peace takes root and socio-economic development can finally take place throughout the country, or we will witness a great leap backwards in the political insecurity aspect. The risk is real and the whole international community must be very conscious of it.”
15. Wide shot, Security Council
16. SOUNDBITE (French) Soumeylou Boubdye MaTga, Prime Minister of Mali:
“MINUSMA and in a broad sense the whole international community play a crucial role in the fragile balance and in the current progress. Therefore, any withdrawal will be interpreted as a sign of weakness by our common enemies, and will carry a high risk of dealing a fatal blow to the complex and laborious work of the agreement of peace and reconciliation.”
17. Wide shot, Security Council

STORYLINE:

UN Chief António Guterres told the Security Council member States that “investing in peace in Mali is investing in global security.” He urged the Council to continue its full support to the Mission (MINUSMA) and to UN humanitarian and development agencies and partners on the ground.

Addressing the Security Council today (29 Mar), Secretary-General António Guterres noted that he was appalled by the recent upsurge in violence in central Mali, particularly the killing of at least 160 civilians last weekend in Ogossagou village in Mopti region.

According to the UN, the security situation is deteriorating rapidly in the centre of Mali. Terrorist and militia groups are expanding and have become more agile and mobile.

The UN chief highlighted that the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) is playing a critical role in protecting civilians, saving lives, and preventing extremist armed groups from taking control of territory across northern and central Mali.

He called on the Government of Mali, the leaders of the political opposition and the signatory movements to “redouble their efforts to overcome the challenges the country is facing.”

Guterres reiterated, “now is the time to work together to bring back peace and stability to Mali.”

French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drain, whose country holds the presidency of the Security Council this month said, “MINUSMA has made significant efforts to adapt to the operational needs on the ground and to the momentum of the peace process, the secure of the launce of the DDR process in the north of Mali.”

He added, “it has shown its ability to response in the face of devolving security situation in the centre of the country, where in fact requires decisive action to put an end to the violence. But let us be clear, the primer responsibility is with the Malian authority, but MINUSMA is also the only international presence in this region, and can help support the efforts of the Malian authorities.”

David Hale, the US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs told the Council that “no matter how valiant their efforts though, MINUSMA cannot fill the gap while the government and parties to the Algiers Accord fail to make progress in implementing the peace agreement, and this Council has tried during MINUSMA’s six years to get the mission to perform optimally and minimize risks to peacekeepers.”

Hale added, “the inability of the parties to make significant progress after signing Mali’s peace agreement in 2015 has inhibited the mission’s ability to implement the mandate.”

The US Under Secretary of State explained, “this failing has put civilians, peacekeepers, and domestic and international forces at greater risk from terrorism as communal violence has spread throughout the region.”

He continued “despite some progress in the last several months and after only modest progress in prior years, it’s time to evaluate whether a peacekeeping mission in such an environment is the appropriate or effective solution to the problem set in northern Mali.”

Addressing the Council, the Malian Prime Minister Soumeylou Boubdye Maiga said “Mali today is at the crossroads.”

He stated, “there are two possibilities: either peace takes root and socio-economic development can finally take place throughout the country, or we will witness a great leap backwards in the political insecurity aspect. The risk is real and the whole international community must be very conscious of it.”

The Malian Prime Minister reaffirmed his country’s determination to continue the fight against terrorist groups and extremisms.

He emphasized that any initiatives to reduce the budget, reduce or reconfigure MINUSMA’s mandate, are fragile to the Malian peace process.

He said, “MINUSMA and in a broad sense the whole international community play a crucial role in the fragile balance and in the current progress. Therefore, any withdrawal will be interpreted as a sign of weakness by our common enemies, and will carry a high risk of dealing a fatal blow to the complex and laborious work of the agreement of peace and reconciliation.”
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