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Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix told the Security Council that the fight against terrorist groups in the Sahel region “has intensified and continued to mobilize at regional, continental and international levels, despite the ongoing context of the COVID-19 pandemic.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 18 MAY 2021, NEW YORK CITY

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18 MAY 2021, NEW YORK CITY

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3. SOUNDBITE (English) Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations:
“The fight against terrorist armed groups in the region has intensified and continued to mobilize at regional, continental and international levels, despite the ongoing context of the COVID-19 pandemic. In a testament to this international commitment, Task Force Takuba is now fully operational and has been supporting Malian armed forces in combat. It takes a variety of actors to confront the daunting challenges in the region, and coordination between security actors on the ground remains paramount.”
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5. SOUNDBITE (English) Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations:
“MINUSMA continued to provide logistical support to the seven battalions operating under the command of the Joint Force within the framework of its mandate. All requests from the Joint Force related to petrol-oil-lubricants, and casualty evacuation, have so far been honoured. MINUSMA’s responsive operational and logistic support to the Joint Force remained critical to the Force’s operations, especially in Sector Centre. The provision of life support consumables by the Mission has proven critical in sustaining the Joint Force, as it continues to face major challenges with regard to its operational and logistical capacities in providing supplies to its troops, a problem worsened by a lack of suitable means of transport.”
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7. SOUNDBITE (French) Brigadier General Oumarou Namata, Commander, G-5 Sahel Joint Force:
“The G5 Sahel states continue to make considerable sacrifices themselves, so, it is timely to remind you of the need to find means of securing the financing of the Joint Force over longer term. In this context, the best long-term solution would be to establish a United Nations support office to provide the Joint Force with logistical, operational, tactical and strategic support.”
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9. SOUNDBITE (English) Mohamed Fathi Ahmed Edrees, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Egypt:
“The Commission has an important role to play in complementing the focus of the Security Council on peace and security by strengthening, encouraging, envisioning with ECOSOC and the development system, and supporting strengthened UN partnerships with international financial institutions. The Commission will therefore continue to encourage greater system-wide coherence to tackle the root cause of violence, and to bring much needed peace and stability in the region.”
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11. SOUNDBITE (French) Oumar Ibn Daoud, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Chad:
“What happened in Chad with the incursion of mercenaries from Libya, which led to the death of the Marshal of Chad on the 21st of April is a perfect illustration of what could happen throughout the Sahel if appropriate assistance measures are not taken urgently by the international community, and primarily by its main body the Security Council.”
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STORYLINE:

Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix today (18 May) told the Security Council that the fight against terrorist groups in the Sahel region “has intensified and continued to mobilize at regional, continental and international levels, despite the ongoing context of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Addressing a videoconference (VTC) briefing Lacroix noted that “in a testament to this international commitment, Task Force Takuba is now fully operational and has been supporting Malian armed forces in combat.”

The Peacekeeping Chief said the UN Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) “continued to provide logistical support to the seven battalions” operating under the command of the G5 Sahel Joint Force “within the framework of its mandate.”

He noted that “all requests from the Joint Force related to petrol-oil-lubricants, and casualty evacuation, have so far been honoured,” adding that “the provision of life support consumables by the Mission has proven critical in sustaining the Joint Force, as it continues to face major challenges with regard to its operational and logistical capacities in providing supplies to its troops, a problem worsened by a lack of suitable means of transport.”

The Commander of the Joint Force, Brigadier General Oumarou Namata, said, “the G5 Sahel states continue to make considerable sacrifices themselves” and reminded Council members “of the need to find means of securing the financing of the Joint Force over longer term.”

The Commander said, “the best long-term solution would be to establish a United Nations support office to provide the Joint Force with logistical, operational, tactical and strategic support.”

Addressing the Council in his capacity as Chair of the Peacebuilding Commission, Egyptian Ambassador Mohamed Fathi Ahmed Edrees said, “the Commission has an important role to play in complementing the focus of the Security Council on peace and security by strengthening, encouraging, envisioning with ECOSOC and the development system, and supporting strengthened UN partnerships with international financial institutions.”

For his part, Chad’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Oumar Ibn Daoud, said the killing of Chadian President Idriss Déby on 21 April “is a perfect illustration of what could happen throughout the Sahel if appropriate assistance measures are not taken urgently by the international community, and primarily by its main body the Security Council.”

Chadian Forces battling rebels entering from Libya resulted in the death of President Déby.

The Group of Five for the Sahel Joint Force (FC-G5S) is comprised of forces from Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger.
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