UN / G5 SAHEL

23-May-2018 00:03:09
Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations today called on G5-Sahel Member States to "relentlessly pursue the efforts made to date, to deploy the remaining troops as quickly as possible, so that the Joint Force can resume its operations.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / G5 SAHEL
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SOURCE: UNIFEED
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / FRENCH / NATS

DATELINE: 23 MAY 2018, NEW YORK CITY
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RECENT – NEW YORK CITY

1. Exterior, United Nations Headquarters

23 MAY 2018, NEW YORK CITY

2. Various shots, Security Council
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Bintou Keita, Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, United Nations:
“I call on G5-Sahel Member States to relentlessly pursue the efforts made to date, to deploy the remaining troops as quickly as possible, so that the Joint Force can resume its operations.”
4. Wide shot, Security Council
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Bintou Keita, Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, United Nations:
“I urge G5 Member States to take advantage of the efforts carried out by the Joint Force, MINUSMA and OHCHR to establish a human rights and international humanitarian law compliance framework and cooperate for its rapid and effective implementation, including by supporting effective accountability mechanisms, ensuring the systematic deployment and presence of provost officers at the company level, and supporting the deployment of UN teams in G5 countries.”
6. Med shot, Permanent Secretary of the G5-Sahel
7. SOUNDBITE (French) Bintou Keita, Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, United Nations:
“MINUSMA is still sounding the urgent need of funds to provide engineering support. In particular, to allow to be able to provide assistance to the fortification of the G5 camps in Mali. In fact, the lack of secure operational basis in Mali has proven to be a major hindrance to the full operationalization of the joint force, hence the urgent need of this engineering support.”
8. Wide shot, Security Council
9. SOUNDBITE (French) Maman Sidikou, Permanent Secretary of the G5-Sahel:
“Indeed even though 80 per cent of our manpower has been deployed in our headquarters in Sevaré and in the three operational zone, it is also true that our troops are still poorly equipped, military bases and the logistics that are necessary are lacking especially in environments that are often hostile in various ways.”
10. Wide shot, Security Council
11. SOUNDBITE (French) Maman Sidikou, Permanent Secretary of the G5-Sahel:
“What is crucial for a long-term success is not to isolate the security response to the other complex issues of the Sahel. Indeed, without peace and security, there can be no development or possible prosperity, but the absence of development and socioeconomic development progress that is tangible would foster increasing security instability.”
12. Wide shot, Security Council
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Fatima Kyari Mohammed, Permanent Observer of the African Union to the United Nations:
“The African Union remains deeply concerned over the continuing deterioration of the security situation in Mali and the greater Sahel region as a result of the increasing threat posed by terrorism and violent extremism and its spread in surrounding countries.”
14. Med shot, delegates
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Fatima Kyari Mohammed, Permanent Observer of the African Union to the United Nations:
“The complexity and multidimensional nature of the challenges facing the Sahel region, attest to the necessity for our collective response to fully take into account the strong nexus between security and development. We therefore need to re-calibrate our respective interventions to better respond to
the national and regional needs to address the root causes of instability and put an end to violence.”
16. Wide shot, Security Council
STORYLINE
The Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations today called on G5-Sahel Member States to relentlessly pursue the efforts made to date, to deploy the remaining troops as quickly as possible, so that the Joint Force can resume its operations.”

Briefing the Security Council today (23 May) on the Secretary-General’s report about the Joint Force of the Group of Five for the Sahel, the United Nations Assistant Secretary-General Bintou Keita reiterated that the operationalization of the Joint Force has incurred delays and has yet to attain full operational capability.

On recent reports about allegations of human rights violations by security forces in the region, she urged G5 Member States to “take advantage of the efforts carried out by the Joint Force, MINUSMA and OHCHR to establish a human rights and international humanitarian law compliance framework and cooperate for its rapid and effective implementation.”

The Assistant Secretary-General also noted “MINUSMA is still sounding the urgent need of funds to provide engineering support. In particular, to allow to be able to provide assistance to the fortification of the G5 camps in Mali.”

She added “the lack of secure operational basis in Mali has proven to be a major hindrance to the full operationalization of the joint force, hence the urgent need of this engineering support.”

On implementing the security response to the crisis in the region, Permanent Secretary of the G5-Sahel, Maman Sidikou said “indeed even though 80 per cent of our manpower has been deployed in our headquarters in Sevaré and in the three operational zone, it is also true that our troops are still poorly equipped, military bases and the logistics that are necessary are lacking especially in environments that are often hostile in various ways.”

Sidikou also noted “what is crucial for a long-term success is not to isolate the security response to the other complex issues of the Sahel.”

He added “without peace and security, there can be no development or possible prosperity, but the absence of development and socioeconomic development progress that is tangible would foster increasing security instability.”

Fatima Kyari Mohammed, Permanent Observer of the African Union to the United Nations voiced that her organizasion remains “deeply concerned over the continuing deterioration of the security situation in Mali and the greater Sahel region as a result of the increasing threat posed by terrorism and violent extremism and its spread in surrounding countries.”

She said “the complexity and multidimensional nature of the challenges facing the Sahel region, attest to the necessity for our collective response to fully take into account the strong nexus between security and development.

Mohammed added “we therefore need to re-calibrate our respective interventions to better respond to the national and regional needs to address the root causes of instability and put an end to violence.”

An International High-Level Conference on the Sahel was held on 23 February in Brussels where an additional EUR 80 million were raised, bringing the total number of pledges in support of the Joint Force to over EUR 400 million.

The Group of Five (G5) Sahel States – Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger, as well as the African Union, created the force on 16 February 2014 at a summit in Nouakchott, Mauritania. It is tasked with combatting jihadist organizations operating in the region.
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