NEW YORK, OCTOBER 18 – The Security Council is leaving New York on Wednesday for a visiting mission to Mali, Mauritania and Burkina Faso. The mission—the fifth this year—will be co-led by Ethiopia, France and Italy. The objective is to assess the situation of the countries of the Group of Five for the Sahel (G5 Sahel, Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger), in particular regarding the level and the nature of the threat posed by terrorism and transnational organised crime, as well as to evaluate the status of the operationalisation of the joint force of the G5 Sahel, or FC-G5S. The visiting mission aims also to deliver a clear message to the parties in Mali regarding the need to accelerate the implementation of the 2015 Peace and Reconciliation Agreement.
“Upon returning to New York, the Council expects to hold a ministerial-level meeting on 30 October to discuss the ways in which the international community can support the FC-G5S and to review the deployment of the force. The meeting will be chaired by Jean-Yves Le Drian, the French Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs”, the French Permanent Representative Francois Delattre announced today. At the meeting, the Council is expected to receive a briefing from Secretary-General António Guterres.
“The Council has to embody the attention of the international community and of the United Nations in support of the efforts put in place by the countries the region to fight, in particular, terrorist threats and the trafficking of human beings, whose destabilizing effects are felt not just in the region, but also in North Africa and in the rest of the Mediterranean”, the Italian PR Sebastiano Cardi said before leaving New York. Cardi assured that, “as a EU country, Italy, along with Sweden, France, and the UK, will do whatever is possible to make sure that the Security Council and the UN will support the efforts already put in place by the countries of the region”. (@OnuItalia)