MOPTI (MALI), OCTOBER 22 – The Ambassador of the 15 countries of the Security Council began their visit on Sunday in Mopti, which is 600 kilometres northeast of the capital, Bamako, where they held meetings with local authorities. They also met with civil society representatives from northern Mali stressing the need for joint efforts of governments and civil society to achieve peace and security in the Sahel region.
“Insecurity is a serious problem which hinders and delays economic development”, representatives of the civil society told the Security Council. The delegation from New York, chaired by France, Italy and Ethiopia, met then with Malian General Didier Dacko, the commander of the G5 Force in the Sahel, to assess the progress made in its deployment. “A Security Council meeting on October 30 is going to redefine the terms of the UN support for the force”, the French Ambassador Francois Delattre said in a press conference yesterday. A briefing on the Council’s visiting mission to the Sahel on Thursday by the ambassadors of Ethiopia, France and Italy is on the agenda for October 26.
Today is the last day of the delegation in Mali. Last stop, tomorrow, Burkina Faso. (@OnuItalia)