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18-Oct-2022 00:03:50
The Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Mali briefed the Security Council on “encouraging developments” in the country, but warned they are “unfolding against the backdrop of a very challenging security, humanitarian, and human rights situation, with severe consequences for civilians across large parts of the country”. UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 18 OCTOBER 2022, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, United Nations Headquarters

18 OCTOBER 2022, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. SOUNDBITE (French) El-Ghassim Wane, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA):
“Since August, the peace process has seen encouraging developments. At the beginning of August, the long-awaited high-level decision-making meeting was held and resulted in the approval of the government's proposal to integrate up to 26,000 combatants into the Malian Defense and Security Forces and other State structures.”
4. Med shot, El-Ghassim Wane speaks
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):
“The developments I just highlighted are unfolding against the backdrop of a very challenging security, humanitarian, and human rights situation, with severe consequences for civilians across large parts of the country. As outlined in the report, the security situation remains volatile in the Centre of Mali and in the tri-border area between Mali, Burkina Faso, and Niger.”
6. Wide 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):
“Since March, there has been a sharp increase in the activities of extremist elements affiliated with the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISGS) and Jamāʿat Nuṣrat al-Islām wal-Muslimīn (JNIM) in Menaka and Gao regions. These extremist groups are taking advantage of security voids, which the Malian forces are striving to fill, and are fighting for territorial control while targeting the latter and MINUSMA alike.”
8. Close up, Security Council president
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):
“The current security environment has compounded the humanitarian situation in the country. The number of internally displaced persons rose from 350,000 to more than 422,000 in the center and north of the country, while more than 175,000 Malian refugees were in neighboring countries. More than 1.8 million people face severe food insecurity. This figure could rise to 2.3 million by November 2022. More than 1.2 million children under the age of 5 are affected by acute malnutrition.”
10. Wide shot, Security Council
11. 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 laudable efforts of humanitarian actors to meet these needs are hampered by the lack of adequate and sustainable funding. So far, only about 30 percent of the USD $686 million requested for 2022 has been mobilized.”
12. Close up, Security Council president
11. SOUNDBITE (French) Abdoulaye Diop, Minister for Foreign Affairs to and Cooperation, Mali:
“At the political level, significant progress was made during the period under review, for a peaceful and secure return to constitutional order. All these actions were carried out in close cooperation with ECOWAS. Indeed, the Government proceeded to the adoption of a timetable for political and electoral reforms, including the calendar of elections, within the framework of the new Electoral Law.”
13. Wide shot, Security Council
14. SOUNDBITE (French) Abdoulaye Diop, Minister for Foreign Affairs to and Cooperation, Mali:
“The Malian people have decided to take their destiny into their own hands. Malians fully support the Government in political and institutional reforms, in the ongoing efforts and actions to secure the national territory, in the protection of people and their property, and in the provision of basic social services.”
15. Wide shot, Security Council
STORYLINE
The Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Mali briefed the Security Council on “encouraging developments” in the country, but warned they are “unfolding against the backdrop of a very challenging security, humanitarian, and human rights situation, with severe consequences for civilians across large parts of the country”.

El-Ghassim Wane told Council Members on Tuesday (18 Oct) that a “long-awaited high-level decision-making meeting was held and resulted in the approval of the government's proposal to integrate up to 26,000 combatants into the Malian Defense and Security Forces and other state structures.”

At the same time, Wane said, “the security situation remains volatile in the Centre of Mali and in the tri-border area between Mali, Burkina Faso, and Niger.”

The Special Representative, who also acts as Head of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), detailed that, since March, “there has been a sharp increase in the activities of extremist elements affiliated with the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISGS) and Jamāʿat Nuṣrat al-Islām wal-Muslimīn (JNIM) in Menaka and Gao regions.”

“These extremist groups are taking advantage of security voids, which the Malian forces are striving to fill, and are fighting for territorial control while targeting the latter and MINUSMA alike,” said Wane.

According to him, the current security environment has compounded the humanitarian situation in the country.

The number of internally displaced persons rose from 350,000 to more than 422,000 in the center and north of the country, while more than 175,000 Malian refugees were in neighboring countries.

More than 1.8 million people face severe food insecurity. This figure could rise to 2.3 million by November 2022. More than 1.2 million children under the age of 5 are affected by acute malnutrition.

The Special Representative also told the Council that “the laudable efforts of humanitarian actors to meet these needs are hampered by the lack of adequate and sustainable funding.”

So far, only about 30 percent of the 686 million US dollars requested for 2022 has been mobilized.

Representing Mali, the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Abdoulaye Diop, said that, at the political level, “significant progress was made during the period under review, for a peaceful and secure return to constitutional order.”

According to Diop, all these actions were carried out in close cooperation with Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

The Minister informed that “the Government proceeded to the adoption of a timetable for political and electoral reforms, including the calendar of elections, within the framework of the new Electoral Law.”

Diop concluded saying that “the Malian people have decided to take their destiny into their own hands”, and that includes full support “in political and institutional reforms, in the ongoing efforts and actions to secure the national territory, in the protection of people and their property, and in the provision of basic social services.”
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