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UN Assistant Secretary-General for Africa Bintou Keita called upon the Members of the G5-Sahel to “most urgently accelerate the full operationalization of the Joint Force so that it can finally reach its full operational capability.” UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 16 MAY 2019, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE – RECENT – NEW YORK CITY

1.Exterior, United Nations Headquarters

16 MAY 2019, NEW YORK CITY

2. Various shots, Security Council
3.SOUNDBITE (French) Bintou Keita, Assistant Secretary-General for Africa, Departments of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Peace Operations, United Nations:
“I call upon the Members of the G5-Sahel to most urgently accelerate the full operationalization of the Joint Force so that it can finally reach its full operational capability. Effective operations will send a strong signal to terrorist groups: their encroachment on the life of the population will no longer be tolerated and will be rejected by the collective determination of the Member States of the region.”
4. Wide shot, Security Council
5. SOUNDBITE (French) Bintou Keita, Assistant Secretary-General for Africa, Departments of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Peace Operations, United Nations:
“I reiterate the Secretary-General’s call to lift the geographical restrictions on MINUSMA’s support. I also reiterate his call for a caveat: obviously MINUSMA’s main focus should and will remain support to the peace process in Mali and as such, support to the Joint Force should not add any additional strain on the Mission’s resources or supply chains.”
6. Wide shot, Security Council
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Bintou Keita, Assistant Secretary-General for Africa, Departments of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Peace Operations, United Nations:
“Even once fully operational, the Joint Force cannot shoulder the burden of fighting terrorism and stabilizing the region on its own. A security-driven approach alone will not be sufficient to combat violence in the region in a sustainable manner. It must go hand in hand with our collective and coordinated efforts and a broader strategy encompassing poverty reduction, good governance, development and humanitarian assistance and security interventions.”
8. Med shot, delegates
9. SOUNDBITE (French) Alpha Barry, Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Burkina Faso:
“Terrorist groups are being financed by artisanal gold, mines, or various forms of trafficking. It remains still strong and exerting tremendous pressure on our States. The threat is gaining ground. It is no longer contained within the north of Mali, in the Burkinabe Sahel or far from the borders of Mauritania, it is spreading and taking other forms whose consequences as equally dramatic.”
10. Various shots, delegates
11. SOUNDBITE (French) Alpha Barry, Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Burkina Faso:
“It is also time for the international community to take a clear position on resolving the Libyan crisis. Libya which, in fact, remains always the breeding ground of terrorists and criminals of all stripes and therefore as the main factor of destabilization of our region.”
12. Wide shot, Security Council
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UN Assistant Secretary-General for Africa Bintou Keita called upon the Members of the G5-Sahel to “most urgently accelerate the full operationalization of the Joint Force so that it can finally reach its full operational capability.”

Briefing the Security Council on the Joint Force of Group of Five for Sahel today (16 May) in New York, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Africa Bintou Keita said, “effective operations will send a strong signal to terrorist groups: their encroachment on the life of the population will no longer be tolerated and will be rejected by the collective determination of the Member States of the region.”

Keita stated that many security operations are currently underway at Sahel, often simultaneously. They are led by the forces of the G5-Sahel countries, either alone or bilaterally, together with international forces or as part of the Joint G5 Sahel Force.

She noted that in order to strengthen the command and control, it would be important to clarify the framework in which the various operations of the G5-Sahel Member States.

Keita said, “I reiterate the Secretary-General’s call to lift the geographical restrictions on MINUSMA’s support. I also reiterate his call for a caveat: obviously MINUSMA’s main focus should and will remain support to the peace process in Mali and as such, support to the Joint Force should not add any additional strain on the Mission’s resources or supply chains.”

The Assistant Secretary-General also reiterated, “even once fully operational, the Joint Force cannot shoulder the burden of fighting terrorism and stabilizing the region on its own.”

She added, “a security-driven approach alone will not be sufficient to combat violence in the region in a sustainable manner. It must go hand in hand with our collective and coordinated efforts and a broader strategy encompassing poverty reduction, good governance, development and humanitarian assistance and security interventions.”

Keita noted that the United Nation’s Integrated Strategy for the Sahel remains a valid framework for such coordinated action and called on partners to support its operationalization, in particular for climate adaptation, women and youth empowerment and cross-border initiatives for peace.

Also addressing the Council, Burkina Faso’s Foreign Minister Alpha Barry said, “terrorist groups are being financed by artisanal gold, mines, or various forms of trafficking. It remains still strong and exerting tremendous pressure on our States.”

He continued, “the threat is gaining ground. It is no longer contained within the north of Mali, in the Burkinabe Sahel or far from the borders of Mauritania, it is spreading and taking other forms whose consequences as equally dramatic.”

On Libya, Barry reiterated, “it is also time for the international community to take a clear position on resolving the Libyan crisis.”

He added, “Libya which, in fact, remains always the breeding ground of terrorists and criminals of all stripes and therefore as the main factor of destabilization of our region.”
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