UN / MALI UPDATE

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Egypt will temporarily suspend its activities in support of the peacekeeping mission in Mali starting August 15, out of concern about the increase in attacks on Egyptian peacekeepers, a UN spokesperson informed. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 15 JULY 2022, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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15 JULY 2022, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, press briefing room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The Permanent Mission of Egypt has notified the UN. They will temporarily suspend its activities in support of the peacekeeping mission in Mali starting August 15. The decision is related to concern about the increase in attacks on Egyptian peacekeepers, with scored convoys supplying bases in central and northern Mali. As you know, seven Egyptian soldiers have been killed since the beginning of the year. The safety and security of peacekeepers is a top priority and essential to ensuring that we can carry out our mandated work to protect civilians and build peace in Mali and all other peacekeeping missions. We respect and deeply appreciate the service and significant sacrifice by Egypt and other countries, contributing uniformed personnel to our missions which operate in extremely difficult and often dangerous conditions. The UN is working closely with Egypt to address this issue.”
4. Close up, journalist asking question
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“On the on the issue of our suspending rotations, the UN Mission, MINUSMA, is continuing all efforts to meet with the Malian authorities and to address this issue without delay.”
6. Wide shot, briefing room
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“We're doing our utmost to find ways to ensure the safety and security of the peacekeeping contingents themselves. But there's no getting around the fact that it is a dangerous task. It's been a very fraught situation on the ground as we've told you repeatedly, but we'll see also what the results of the discussions with Egyptians right before we consider what the next steps would be.”
8. Close up, journalist asking question
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“So we're engaging in many different ways. As I pointed out to you, the Secretary General has also been involved, including with a phone call earlier this week. So we're going to continue to push our various efforts and see what progress we can make.”
10. Wide shot, briefing room
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“On Mali, with the Egyptians, they're not talking about withdrawal, they're talking about a temporary suspension of activities starting on the 15th of August.”
12. Wide shot, press briefing room

STORYLINE:

Egypt will temporarily suspend its activities in support of the peacekeeping mission in Mali starting August 15, out of concern about the increase in attacks on Egyptian peacekeepers, a UN spokesperson informed.

Briefing journalists on Friday (15 July) in New York, UN Deputy Spokesperson Farhan Haq noted that seven Egyptian soldiers have been killed since the beginning of the year.

Haq said that “the safety and security of peacekeepers is a top priority” for the organization and essential to carry out the mandated work to protect civilians and build peace in Mali and all other peacekeeping missions.

“We respect and deeply appreciate the service and significant sacrifice by Egypt and other countries, contributing uniformed personnel to our missions which operate in extremely difficult and often dangerous conditions”, the spokesperson said, adding that the UN is working closely with Egypt to address this issue.

According to Haq, the UN is doing its “utmost to find ways to ensure the safety and security of the peacekeeping contingents”, but “there's no getting around the fact that it is a dangerous task.”

“It's been a very fraught situation on the ground as we've told you repeatedly, but we'll see also what the results of the discussions with Egyptians right before we consider what the next steps would be,” the spokesperson explained.

The UN is engaging in many different ways, Haq added, including with the Secretary General, who has made a phone call earlier this week.

The spokesperson also clarified that the Egyptians are not talking about withdrawal, but a temporary suspension of activities starting on the 15th of August.
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