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15-Jan-2020 00:03:27
UN peacekeeping chief Jean-Pierre Lacroix said that the security situation in Mali and in the Sahel region as a whole is deteriorating at an alarming rate, adding that there has been “an increase in improvised explosive device attacks against our convoys.” UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 15 JANUARY 2020, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE – RECENT – NEW YORK CITY

1.Wide shot, exterior United Nations

15 JANUARY 2020, NEW YORK CITY

2.Wide shot, Security Council
3.SOUNDBITE (French) Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, United Nations:
“We have seen an increase in improvised explosive device attacks against our convoys, which have resulted in several injuries to peacekeepers. These incidents occur almost daily or at least very regularly. The protection measures taken by the force for over a year now, have allowed the number of the death limited, and of course, it remains a long way to go.”
4.Various shots, Security Council
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, United Nations:
“The rapid and thorough implementation of the peace agreement remains the only viable path for the stabilisation of Mali. It provides the framework for the required political and institutional reforms to restore and decentralize State authority, to build a Malian state that reflects the diversity and interests of all its citizens. The peace agreement also provides for mechanisms to address the grievances of those Malians who feel excluded from the country’s political life and economic development and who see little hope for their future.”
6. Wide shot, Security Council
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, United Nations:
“Increased and sophisticated capabilities notwithstanding, MINUSMA can only be as effective and efficient as the parties and partners want it to be. Political will remains the most important enabler for any peacekeeping operation to be effective. I therefore reiterate the Secretary-General’s appeal to all Malian leaders to display the necessary leadership and work together to address the challenges their country is facing with the support of the international community.”
8. Wide shot, Security Council
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Nicolas de Rivière, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations:
“It performs functions that no other actor is in a position to ensure, whether in terms of the protection of civilians, support for the implementation of the peace agreement and for logistical support to the G5 Sahel Joint Force. The Mission has sustained tremendous losses, and I welcome the commitment of the countries contributing to the G5 Sahel Joint Force troops and their soldiers.”
10. Wide shot, Security Council
11. SOUNDBITE (French) Tiébilé Dramé, Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Mali:
“I would like to begin by reassuring you that today more than ever, the Government, under the authority of the President of the Republic, remains very committed to the diligent implementation of the Peace and Reconciliation Agreement. Admittedly, we have experienced a period of suspension of the work of the Follow-up Committee on the implementation of the Agreement, but I can inform you that the Follow-up Committee will meet on 19 January 2020 in Bamako.”
12. Wide shot, Security Council
13. SOUNDBITE (French) Tiébilé Dramé, Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Mali:
“The regional dimension of the Malian crisis is another, and not the least, challenge to the diligent implementation of the Peace Agreement. This is the whole meaning of the commitment of the Member States of the GS Sahel which is so crucial to the stabilization of the region. The increase in terrorist attacks in recent weeks in the Sahel region, particularly in the three Burkina-Mali-Niger borders, underlines the urgent need for the international community to invest more on both sides in order to provide the Joint Force of the GS Sahel with the human, material and financial resources necessary for the implementation of its mandate.”
14. Wide shot, Security Council
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UN peacekeeping chief Jean-Pierre Lacroix said that the security situation in Mali and in the Sahel region as a whole is deteriorating at an alarming rate, adding that there has been “an increase in improvised explosive device attacks against our convoys.”

Briefing the Security Council today (15 Jan), Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix said that last week, 18 peacekeepers were wounded in an attack on the MINUSMA camp in Tessalit and 89 Nigerien soldiers were killed in an attack on their base near the Malian border.

Lacroix explained, “these incidents occur almost daily or at least very regularly. The protection measures taken by the force for over a year now, have allowed the number of the death limited, and of course, it remains a long way to go.”

The peacekeeping chief also noted, “the rapid and thorough implementation of the peace agreement remains the only viable path for the stabilisation of Mali.”

Lacroix continued, “it provides the framework for the required political and institutional reforms to restore and decentralize State authority, to build a Malian state that reflects the diversity and interests of all its citizens.”

He added that the peace agreement also “provides for mechanisms to address the grievances of those Malians who feel excluded from the country’s political life and economic development and who see little hope for their future.”

Stating that “MINUSMA can only be as effective and efficient as the parties and partners want it to be,” Lacroix reiterated, “political will remains the most important enabler for any peacekeeping operation to be effective.”

He reiterated the Secretary-General’s appeal to all Malian leaders to “display the necessary leadership and work together to address the challenges their country is facing with the support of the international community.”

Commending the work of UN’s mission in Mali (MINUSMA), French Ambassador Nicolas de Rivière said, “it performs functions that no other actor is in a position to ensure, whether in terms of the protection of civilians, support for the implementation of the peace agreement and for logistical support to the G5 Sahel Joint Force. The Mission has sustained tremendous losses, and I welcome the commitment of the countries contributing to the G5 Sahel Joint Force troops and their soldiers.”

The French Ambassador also said, “the increase in terrorist attacks in recent weeks in the Sahel region, particularly in the three Burkina-Mali-Niger borders, underlines the urgent need for the international community to invest more on both sides in order to provide the Joint Force of the GS Sahel with the human, material and financial resources necessary for the implementation of its mandate.”

Addressing the Security Council via video from Mali, Malian Minister for Foreign Affairs Tiébilé Dramé reassured that his Government, under the authority of the President of the Republic, “remains very committed to the diligent implementation of the Peace and Reconciliation Agreement.”

He continued, “admittedly, we have experienced a period of suspension of the work of the Follow-up Committee on the implementation of the Agreement, but I can inform you that the Follow-up Committee will meet on 19 January 2020 in Bamako.”

The Malian foreign Minister also noted that the regional dimension of the Malian crisis is another challenge to the diligent implementation of the Peace Agreement.

He said, “this is the whole meaning of the commitment of the Member States of the GS Sahel which is so crucial to the stabilization of the region.”

Dramé also said, “the increase in terrorist attacks in recent weeks in the Sahel region, particularly in the three Burkina-Mali-Niger borders, underlines the urgent need for the international community to invest more on both sides in order to provide the Joint Force of the GS Sahel with the human, material and financial resources necessary for the implementation of its mandate.”
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