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13-Jun-2022 00:02:35
El-Ghassim Wane, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Mali, said that while the challenges in Mali are numerous and complex, “they are far from being insurmountable.” UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 13 JUNE 2022, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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13 JUNE 2022, NEW YORK CITY

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3. SOUNDBITE (English) El-Ghassim Wane, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA):
“The security situation in Mali remains volatile and is of particular concern along the tri-border area and in the Centre.”
4. Wide shot, Security Council
5. SOUNDBITE (English) El-Ghassim Wane, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA):
“Here, I would like to honour the memory of all the peacekeepers who have lost their lives since the inception of the Mission. Their ultimate sacrifice illustrates the challenges and complexities we face and further underscores the need to ensure that the Mission has the requisite capabilities, including armed and utility helicopters.”
6. Med shot, Security Council
7. SOUNDBITE (English) El-Ghassim Wane, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA):
“While there has been undeniable improvement in some areas and a concomitant weakening of the extremist groups, the latter still continues to conduct frequent attacks against Malian and MINUSMA forces as well as civilian populations suspected of collaborating with Malian forces.”
8. Med shot, Security Council
9. SOUNDBITE (English) El-Ghassim Wane, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA):
“While the challenges in Mali are numerous and complex, they are far from being insurmountable. If anything, the Malian people, as demonstrated during the Assises nationales de la refondation, harbor a deep aspiration for reform, transparent governance, and accountability. These aspirations and the forces driving them, including civil society, have shown great resilience and deserve the full support of the international community.”
10. Med shot, Security Council
11. SOUNDBITE (French) Abdoulaye Diop, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Mali:
“The Malian party, therefore, remains determined to play its full part in the return of peace and security throughout the national territory by using various tools: political, security, socio-economic development, justice, and reconciliation. However, realizing these ambitious projects requires a lucid, pragmatic, realistic, and holistic reading of the situation, but also understanding, your understanding, your accompaniment, and your support.”
[La partie malienne reste donc déterminée à jouer toute sa partition pour le retour de la paix et de la sécurité sur l'ensemble du territoire national en faisant recours à divers leviers : politique, sécuritaire, ce du développement socio-économique, comme celle de la justice et de la réconciliation. Cependant, la réalisation de ces chantiers ambitieux requiert une lecture lucide, pragmatique, réaliste et holistique de la situation, mais également la compréhension, votre compréhension, votre accompagnement, votre soutien.]
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El-Ghassim Wane, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Mali, said that while the challenges in Mali are numerous and complex, “they are far from being insurmountable.”

Briefing the Security Council today (13 Jun), El-Ghassim Wane said that the security situation in Mali remains volatile and is of particular concern along the tri-border area and in the Centre.

He also said that while there has been “undeniable improvement in some areas and a concomitant weakening of the extremist groups, the latter still continues to conduct frequent attacks against Malian and MINUSMA forces as well as civilian populations suspected of collaborating with Malian forces.”

The Special Representative honored the memory of all the peacekeepers who have lost their lives since the inception of the Mission.

“Their ultimate sacrifice illustrates the challenges and complexities we face and further underscores the need to ensure that the Mission has the requisite capabilities, including armed and utility helicopters,” he added.

According to the Special Representative, from January to March 2022, there was a sharp increase in human rights abuses compared to the previous quarter, resulting in the killing of 543 people as opposed to 128 from October to December last year.

The list of presumed perpetrators of human rights abuses continues to be led by extremist groups but has unfortunately seen a significant rise in violations associated with operations by Malian security forces in central Mali, said El-Ghassim Wane.

The prevailing security environment has compounded the humanitarian situation in the country.

In 2022, 7.5 million persons will require humanitarian assistance, compared to 5.9 million in 2021.

The total number of internally displaced persons stands at 370,000, and more than 1.8 million people will be in immediate need of food assistance by August, the highest level recorded since 2014.

El-Ghassim Wane echoed the Secretary-General’s acknowledgment of the need for MINUSMA’s continued presence and recommendation on extending its mandate for another year.

“The Malian people,” concluded the Special Representative, “harbor a deep aspiration for reform, transparent governance, and accountability. These aspirations and the forces driving them, including civil society, have shown great resilience and deserve the full support of the international community.”

The Malian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Abdoulaye Diop, said, “The Malian party, therefore, remains determined to play its part in the return of peace and security throughout the national territory by using various tools: political, security, socio-economic development, justice, and reconciliation. However, realizing these ambitious projects requires a lucid, pragmatic, realistic, and holistic reading of the situation, but also understanding, your understanding, your accompaniment, and your support.”
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