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07-Apr-2022 00:03:28
El-Ghassim Wane, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Mali told the Security Council that the overall situation in the country has remained extremely worrying, adding that there has been no notable progress in the implementation of the Peace Agreement. UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 07 APRIL 2022, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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RECENT – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior, United Nations

07 APRIL 2022, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. SOUNDBITE (French) El-Ghassim Wane, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Mali:
“Facing these challenges, it is imperative that the level of our capabilities and our troops be maintained. It is equally important that adequate responses to be found to the challenges related to the insufficiency of our capacities as well as the national restrictions (caveats) of the troop and police contributing countries.”
4. Wide shot, Security Council
5. SOUNDBITE (English) El-Ghassim Wane, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Mali:
“While military and security operations are an absolute necessity in combatting terror, experience has, time and again, shown that such an approach cannot, on its own, bring about long-lasting stability, especially in an environment as complex as the one prevailing in Central Mali. First, they need to be conducted in ways that minimize to the full extent possible civilian harm and uphold human rights and international humanitarian law principles. Second, they have to be complemented by practical and sustained steps focusing on the root causes of conflict and violence.”
6. Wide shot, Security Council
7. SOUNDBITE (English) El-Ghassim Wane, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Mali:
“In this respect, the finalization by the Malian Government of its strategy for the Centre and its effective implementation are a must for the stabilization of the region. In the meantime, MINUSMA continues to carry out important tasks linked to the protection of civilians, as in Ogossagou and along the Douentza-Petaka road, the protection of physical infrastructure and related livelihoods in the strategic axis linking Sevare to Bandiagara, and to local reconciliation agreements.”
8. Wide shot, Security Council
9. SOUNDBITE (English) El-Ghassim Wane, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Mali:
“No effort should be spared to achieve an agreement on the Transition. This would not only make it possible to lift the sanctions, a critical measure in view of the prevailing humanitarian situation, but also create a more propitious environment for the pursuit of the other processes fundamental to the country’s stabilization.”
10. Wide shot, Security Council
11. SOUNDBITE (French) Issa Konfourou, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Mali:
“However, we should not lose sight of the fact that the political and institutional instability chronic in Mali, results from a poorly organized elections and poor governance. That's why the transition government wants to organize the major reforms so as to have stability of institutions a better future for our people. Also we need to create the minimal security conditions in order to be able to have elections. The government remains involved in dialogue with ECOWAS on this and this includes the issue of the length of that transition. Furthermore government of Mali ask for immediate lifting of unfair illegal, illegitimate and inhumane sanctions imposed by ECOWAS and UNOWA.”
12. Wide shot, Security Council
STORYLINE
El-Ghassim Wane, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Mali told the Security Council that the overall situation in the country has remained extremely worrying, adding that there has been no notable progress in the implementation of the Peace Agreement.

Addressing the Security Council today (07 Apr) via a video link, Wane started with an overview of the security situation in Mali. In addition to the incidents noted in the report, the month of March saw several deadly attacks perpetrated by the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISGS) in the Ménaka region and in the south of the Gao region.

The clashes in the Ménaka region, which occurred 200 km from the closest positions of the Malian Defense and Security Forces and MINUSMA, caused the death of at least 40 civilians and the displacement of approximately 3,640 households.

The Special Representative went on briefing on the south of the Gao region, elements of the EIGS continued their attacks against Tessit, including against a camp of the Malian Armed Forces (FAMa) on March 21.

Wane said, “facing these challenges, it is imperative that the level of our capabilities and our troops be maintained. It is equally important that adequate responses to be found to the challenges related to the insufficiency of our capacities as well as the national restrictions (caveats) of the troop and police contributing countries.”

He also spoke of the reports of human rights violations committed against civilians in Moura. He welcomed the opening of an investigation by Malian authorities. But he added that it is also imperative that the UN Mission has access to the site of the alleged violations, in line with our mandate given by the Security Council.

“While military and security operations are an absolute necessity in combatting terror,” the Special Representative said, “experience has, time and again, shown that such an approach cannot, on its own, bring about long-lasting stability, especially in an environment as complex as the one prevailing in Central Mali.”

He explained, “first, they need to be conducted in ways that minimize to the full extent possible civilian harm and uphold human rights and international humanitarian law principles. Second, they have to be complemented by practical and sustained steps focusing on the root causes of conflict and violence.”

In that respect, Wane continued, “the finalization by the Malian Government of its strategy for the Centre and its effective implementation are a must for the stabilization of the region.”

“In the meantime, MINUSMA continues to carry out important tasks linked to the protection of civilians, as in Ogossagou and along the Douentza-Petaka road, the protection of physical infrastructure and related livelihoods in the strategic axis linking Sevare to Bandiagara, and to local reconciliation agreements,” said the Special Representative.

Wane also reminded the Council members that the political transition in Mali was to conclude in March, in accordance with the initial 18-month timetable negotiated by ECOWAS after the August 2020 coup d’état.

He said that the non-completion of the Transition within the agreed timelines led ECOWAS to impose economic and financial sanctions last January, in addition to the individual measures decided a month earlier.

The impasse has unfortunately persisted, exacerbating tensions between Mali and ECOWAS and adversely impacting its relations with other international actors, the Special Representative said.

Wane said the current status quo carries huge risks for the future of the peace agreement and deprives local populations of the peace dividends they are yearning for.

He reiterated, “no effort should be spared to achieve an agreement on the Transition. This would not only make it possible to lift the sanctions, a critical measure in view of the prevailing humanitarian situation, but also create a more propitious environment for the pursuit of the other processes fundamental to the country’s stabilization.”

Malian Ambassador Issa Konfourou also briefed the Council. He said, “we should not lose sight of the fact that the political and institutional instability chronic in Mali, results from a poorly organized elections and poor governance.”

He explained, “that’s why the transition government wants to organize the major reforms so as to have stability of institutions a better future for our people.”

In addition, the Malian Ambassador said, “we need to create the minimal security conditions in order to be able to have elections.”
He said that his government remains involved in dialogue with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on this, including the issue of the length of that transition.

Furthermore, the Malian Ambassador said his government asks for “immediate lifting of unfair illegal, illegitimate and inhumane sanctions” imposed by ECOWAS and the United Nations Office for West Africa (UNOWA).
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