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The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Mali, Mahamat Saleh Annadif, told the Security Council that the “hellish” cycle of violence in Mali “must be stopped at the risk that everyone will take justice in their own hands.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 12 JUNE 2019, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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FILE – RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations headquarters

12 JUNE 2019, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. Med shot, Malian Foreign Minister Tiebile Drame
4. SOUNDBITE (French) Mahamat Saleh Annadif, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Mali:
“This hellish vicious cycle of violence must be stopped at the risk that everyone will take justice in their own hands. It is necessary to emphasize the importance of the fight against impunity.”
5. Med shot, Council President
SOUNDBITE (French) Mahamat Saleh Annadif, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Mali:
“The glimmer of hope in the horizon cannot be transformed into a true opportunity without an acceleration in the control of the security situation, especially in the Centre of the country. What happened on the night of Sunday the 9th and Monday the 10th of June in the village of Sobane-da in the Mopti region reminds us of the gravity of the situation, and this after the massacres of Koulougon and Ogossagou respectively on the 1st of January and 23rd March 2019, always in the same regions of Mopti.”
6. Med shot, French Ambassador
7. SOUNDBITE (French) Mahamat Saleh Annadif, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Mali:
“The resumption of the operations of the G5 Sahel joint force at the beginning of the year is another important element to take into account. We continue to develop our logistical support for the force in accordance with resolution 2391. A specific unit has been established for this purpose, but as we have often pointed out, geographical restrictions under the resolution hinder the effectiveness of our support.”
8. Wide shot, Council
9. SOUNDBITE (French) Tiebile Drame, Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Mali:
“In its recent history our country has never seen so many victims and so much material damage stemming from inter-community violence, which is fueled by the pressure of terrorist groups and competition for access to and control over natural resources, often against the backdrop of the resurgence of old conflicts.”
10. Wide shot Council

STORYLINE:

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Mali, Mahamat Saleh Annadif, today (12 Jun) told the Security Council that the “hellish” cycle of violence in Mali “must be stopped at the risk that everyone will take justice in their own hands.”

The nomination of Prime Minster Boubou Cissé, on April 22 this year; the signing of a governance deal between the majority party and the opposition; and the formation of a broad-based government; had marked a new phase in the peace process, opening the way for political and institutional reforms, including the creation of a development zone in the north of Mali.

Despite these positive developments, Annadif said, “the glimmer of hope in the horizon cannot be transformed into a true opportunity without an acceleration in the control of the security situation, especially in the Centre of the country.”

He said the recent inter-communal violence in the village of Sobane-da “reminds us of the gravity of the situation.”

The Special Representative told the Council that “the resumption of the operations of the G5 Sahel joint force at the beginning of the year is another important element to take into account.”

The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), he said, continues to develop “logistical support for the force” in accordance with Security Council resolution 2391.

He said, “a specific unit has been established for this purpose, but as we have often pointed out, geographical restrictions under the resolution hinder the effectiveness of our support.”

Malian Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Tiebile Drame, told the Council that “in its recent history our country has never seen so many victims and so much material damage stemming from inter-community violence, which is fueled by the pressure of terrorist groups and competition for access to and control over natural resources, often against the backdrop of the resurgence of old conflicts.”

The Malian Government has been seeking to restore stability and rebuild following a series of setbacks since early 2012 that fractured the country, including a military coup d'état, renewed fighting between Government forces and Tuareg rebels, and the seizure of its northern territory by radical extremists.
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