Libya conference kicks off in Italy despite Haftar’s absence

2018/12/11 – Rival Libyan factions and international delegations have arrived in the Italian city of Palermo for a two day conference focused on uniting the country’s institutions and preparing for a national election. Continuer à lire … « Libya conference kicks off in Italy despite Haftar’s absence »

UN highlights illegal Somali charcoal trafficking to Iran

2018/12/11- Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Shabaab rebels are profiting from the illegal trafficking of charcoal exports produced in Somalia and transiting through Iran, United Nations experts said in a report recently shared with the UN Security Council. Continuer à lire … « UN highlights illegal Somali charcoal trafficking to Iran »

Japan/Africa – Africa aid should factor debt sustainability, Japan says

2018/08/10 – Japan will focus on high-quality infrastructure investment in its aid to Africa, the country’s foreign minister said Saturday, seeking to build its profile on the continent while distinguishing itself from China, whose massive contributions have stirred fears of debt traps. Continuer à lire … « Japan/Africa – Africa aid should factor debt sustainability, Japan says »

Lake Chad region – UN, others discuss ways of ending Boko Haram crisis

2018/09/01 – The UN has said that it would provide assistance to no fewer than 6.1 million people affected by the Boko Haram crisis in North-east Nigeria by the end of 2018.

UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Nigeria, Edward Kallon, stated this at a conference in New York tagged ‘Strengthening the Humanitarian and Development Partnership in the Lake Chad Region’. Continuer à lire … « Lake Chad region – UN, others discuss ways of ending Boko Haram crisis »

France proposes sanctions against Mali peace deal spoilers

2018/08/30 – France says it has proposed that members of armed groups in Mali delaying implementation of a 2015 peace agreement should be put on a U.N. sanctions blacklist.France’s deputy U.N. ambassador Anne Gueguen told the Security Council on Thursday that the time for warnings is over and France has submitted the names of individuals – whom she did not identify – to the U.N. Security Council committee set up last year to deal with Mali sanctions.

Gueguen said a new report by the committee’s panel of experts « shed light in incontestable fashion » on some individuals associated with armed groups who are undermining the 2015 peace agreement « through their links with criminal or terrorist activity. »

To date, there are no names on the Mali sanctions blacklist.

Associated Press /SahelElite

Mali – Security Council Press Statement on Mali

2018/08/25 – The members of the Security Council welcomed the publication of the final results of the presidential elections in Mali.

The members of the Security Council congratulated the people and Government of Mali for the generally peaceful conduct of the 29 July 2018 and 12 August 2018 elections, despite challenging security conditions and limited reports of violence in some areas. They commended the Malian authorities for the preparation, conduct and conclusion of these elections, within the constitutional framework. Continuer à lire … « Mali – Security Council Press Statement on Mali »

Russia/CAR – Russian Intrigue in the Heart of Africa #military

2018/08/05 – The fact of murdering three Russian journalists in the Central African Republic (CAR) may have serious political repercussions both for the authorities in Bangui and Russia’s interests in the country. The journalists were investigating a Russian private military company; disclosing some information would harm mercenaries from the Wagner Group as well as they would possibly hit the policy implemented by the Kremlin in Africa. Continuer à lire … « Russia/CAR – Russian Intrigue in the Heart of Africa #military »