Mali/Kuwait reiterates call for peaceful settlement to Mali crisis

2018/04/12 – Kuwait Representative to the UN said Wednesday the Agreement on Peace and Reconciliation in Mali remains to be the ideal option for stabilizing the African country.
Speaking to a UN Security Council session on the situation in Mali, Ambassador Mansour A. Al-Otaibi said, « Implementation of the Agreement was the main solution to the crisis. » He appreciated the efforts of the regional mediation team, led by Algeria, and the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA).
He urged the Malian government to provide a conducive environment in this regard, shoulder its responsibility for facilitating the implementation of the Agreement, and work with all concerned parties to ensuring successful disarmament countrywide.
« The deteriorating security situation was deeply saddening. Pledges made in Brussels regarding the G5 Sahel force would enable that operation to fulfil its mandate, » he said.
Welcoming the road map signed on 22 March, Ambassador Al-Otaibi urged the parties to commit to its timetable.
Emphasizing that the absence of State authority in the north would thwart any comprehensive progress, he welcomed the Prime Minister’s recent visit to that area.
On the humanitarian situation, he called for steps to avert collateral deaths and injuries during military operations, as well as for the reopening of schools throughout Mali.
« The role of the United Nations in Mali and the wider Sahel was irreplaceable and Kuwait looked forward to the results of the MINUSMA strategic review in preparation of the renewal of the Mission’s mandate in June, » he added.
During the session, Mahamat Saleh Annadif, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the MINUSMA, introduced the Secretary-General’s report on the situation in that country.
He said the reporting period featured the appointment on 31 December 2017 of Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga as Prime Minister of Mali, who, from 22 to 26 March, undertook a tour of his State’s north and central regions, as well as increased trust between signatories of the Agreement on Peace and Reconciliation in Mali and some headway in the peace process.
« For its part, MINUSMA had assisted the Government to augment its authority in the north and centre of Mali and better provide for local needs, » Annadif said.
« Despite such progress, the fact that 2018 was an election year could not be overlooked, with Presidential elections scheduled for 29 July and 12 August, and legislative elections in November and December, » he pointed out.
Against that backdrop, the Mission was engaging with all Malian political actors, encouraging them to do their part for peaceful and credible elections.
The reporting period had also been marked by a deterioration of the security situation, particularly in the centre of Mali, as well as serious human rights violations, he said, noting the concerns recently voiced by the independent expert on the human right situation in the country.
Welcoming a new national border policy, he said a draft law on national reconciliation was expected to be put before the National Assembly during its April session.
« Meanwhile, the transfer on 31 March of Al Hassan Ag Abdoul Aziz to the International Criminal Court underscored that reconciliation was not synonymous with impunity.
« With the United Nations country team, MINUSMA had launched an initiative to promote the restoration of State authority in central Mali, as well as economic growth and the provision of social services, » he went on.
Emphasizing that a purely security approach was not enough, Annadif said the Mission was continuing to support the specialist judicial system tackling terrorism, money-laundering and cross-border crime.
Similar cooperation had enabled a national policy to tackle violent extremism and terrorism to be rolled out.
In line with Council resolutions 2295 (2016) and 2364 (2016), MINUSMA was conducting more and bigger patrols, particularly in the centre, to reassure the population, assess the human rights situation and engage with communities in hard to reach areas.
Despite such expanded activity, a shadow had been cast by the growing number of victims of landmines, improvised explosive devices and the indirect targeting of shells and rocks, as seen last week by the death of two « blue helmets » from Chad.
He emphasized the need to give priority to the training of peacekeeping troops, adding that the Mission remained about 100 armored vehicles short.

Source: KUNA/Picture: Ambassador Mansour A. Al-Otaibi during UN Security Council sesión

Auteur : Sahel-Elite | Sécurité privée

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