UN / MALI PEACEKEEPING UPDATE

08-Nov-2023 00:03:19
A UN spokesperson said that the convoy from the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) that left Kidal on 31 October reached Gao last night without further incident. UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / MALI PEACEKEEPING UPDATE
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DATELINE: 08 NOVEMBER 2023, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

08 NOVEMBER 2023, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Dujarric at the podium
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“As we reported last week, the convoy, which traveled nearly 350 kilometers, encountered six improvised explosive devices along the way. A total of 37 peacekeepers required medical attention, and all -thank God- have been discharged or are in stable condition.”
4. Wide shot, briefing room
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“One hundred and forty-three vehicles carrying 848 peacekeepers made up the convoy and those peacekeepers came from Bangladesh, Chad, Egypt, Guinea and Nepal, as well as equipment, represented the final elements of MINUSMA's accelerated withdrawal from Kidal due to the deteriorating security situation in northern Mali.”
6. Med shot, journalist speaking
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“We were told that the convoy was approximately 9 km in length. So, you can imagine the challenges.
The convoy also had to depart without air support due to a lack of flight clearance from the relevant authorities in Mali, increasing the threat to the safety of the peacekeepers. In addition to insecurity, bad weather and poor road conditions, caused vehicles to break down, adding to the challenges the convoy faced on its way to Gao.”
8. Med shot, journalist speaking
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“As a result of the delays, they were running low on supplies, and had to be resupplied by air with fuel, water and other items. We told you about that resupply two days ago. The departure from Kidal marks the closure of the UN Peacekeeping’s eighth base out of a total of 13 bases. Over the next weeks, the Mission will end its presence in Ansango in the Gao region, followed by Mopti, thus completing the second and final phase of the Mission’s withdrawal plan from Mali, as reported to the Security Council back in August. The remaining bases of Gao, Timbuktu and Bamako, where MINUSMA is currently consolidating its presence, will be converted into liquidation sites and handed over to the Malian authorities once the liquidation phase - that will begin on 1 January - is completed.”
10. Med shot, briefing room
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“As a result of the delays, they were running low on supplies, and had to be resupplied by air with fuel, water and other items. We told you about that resupply two days ago. The departure from Kidal marks the closure of the UN Peacekeeping’s eighth base out of a total of 13 bases. Over the next weeks, the Mission will end its presence in Ansango in the Gao region, followed by Mopti, thus completing the second and final phase of the Mission’s withdrawal plan from Mali, as reported to the Security Council back in August. The remaining bases of Gao, Timbuktu and Bamako, where MINUSMA is currently consolidating
its presence, will be converted into liquidation sites and handed over to the Malian authorities once the liquidation phase -- that will begin on 1 January -- is completed.”
12. Wide shot, briefing room
STORYLINE
A UN spokesperson said that the convoy from the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) that left Kidal on 31 October reached Gao last night without further incident.

Briefing journalists today (08 Nov) in New York, Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, said, “As we reported last week, the convoy, which traveled nearly 350 kilometers, encountered six improvised explosive devices along the way. A total of 37 peacekeepers required medical attention, and all -thank God- have been discharged or are in stable condition.”

He added, “One hundred and forty-three vehicles carrying 848 peacekeepers made up the convoy and those peacekeepers came from Bangladesh, Chad, Egypt, Guinea and Nepal, as well as equipment, represented the final elements of MINUSMA's accelerated withdrawal from Kidal due to the deteriorating security situation in northern Mali.”

According to him, the convoy was approximately 9 km in length. “So, you can imagine the challenges”, he said.

Dujarric added, “The convoy also had to depart without air support due to a lack of flight clearance from the relevant authorities in Mali, increasing the threat to the safety of the peacekeepers. In addition to insecurity, bad weather and poor road conditions, caused vehicles to break down, adding to the challenges the convoy faced on its way to Gao.”

He also said, “As a result of the delays, they were running low on supplies, and had to be resupplied by air with fuel, water and other items. We told you about that resupply two days ago. The departure from Kidal marks the closure of the UN Peacekeeping’s eighth base out of a total of 13 bases. Over the next weeks, the Mission will end its presence in Ansango in the Gao region, followed by Mopti, thus completing the second and final phase of the Mission’s withdrawal plan from Mali, as reported to the Security Council back in August.”

The Spokesperson added, “the remaining bases of Gao, Timbuktu and Bamako, where MINUSMA is currently consolidating its presence, will be converted into liquidation sites and handed over to the Malian authorities once the liquidation phase - that will begin on 1 January - is completed.”

Dujarric noted, “as a result of the delays, they were running low on supplies, and had to be resupplied by air with fuel, water and other items. We told you about that resupply two days ago. The departure from Kidal marks the closure of the UN Peacekeeping’s eighth base out of a total of 13 bases.”

Over the next weeks, the Mission will end its presence in Ansango in the Gao region, followed by Mopti, thus completing the second and final phase of the Mission’s withdrawal plan from Mali.

The Spokesperson concluded, “The remaining bases of Gao, Timbuktu and Bamako, where MINUSMA is currently consolidating its presence, will be converted into liquidation sites and handed over to the Malian authorities once the liquidation phase -- that will begin on 1 January -- is completed.”
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