2018/06/28 – The UN Security Council on Thursday adopted a resolution to extend the mandate of the UN mission in Mali until June 30, 2019.
In a unanimous decision, the council adopted resolution 2423 to renew the mandate of the mission known as MINUSMA, which was established in April 2013 to support the political process in Mali and carry out a number of security-related tasks.
Thursday’s resolution decided that MINUSMA shall continue to comprise up to 13,289 military personnel and 1,920 police personnel.
The text reiterated that the strategic priority of MINUSMA remains to support the implementation of the 2015 Agreement on Peace and Reconciliation in Mali, in particular its political and security key provisions.
Placing particular emphasis on the situation in central Mali, the text underlined that stabilization of the situation in the region requires a fully integrated plan encompassing pursuit of progress on security, governance, development, reconciliation, as well as protection and promotion of human rights.
This is the first MINUSMA mandate renewal since an independent strategic review of the mission was conducted in March and April.
New language was incorporated in the text requesting the secretary-general to take appropriate steps to allow for the swift conclusion of a « Pact for Peace » between the government of Mali and the UN, as proposed by the strategic review, after the upcoming presidential elections.
Mali is set to hold presidential and legislative elections in 2018, and regional, district and municipal elections in 2019.
The resolution also stressed the need for the elections to be inclusive, free, fair, transparent, credible, and conducted in a peaceful environment.
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