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Deployment of peacekeepers in Mali

Security Council urges full deployment of peacekeepers in Mali - The UN Security Council on Thursday called on all UN member states to support the full deployment of UN peacekeepers in Mali, warning that terrorists and other armed groups appear to have reorganized and gained some ability to operate amid the already fragile security situationin northern Mali.


The 15-member body in a presidential statement, said: 'The Security Council stresses the importance of achieving without further delays the complete operational deployment of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) to stabilize key population centres and protect
civilians.'

It, however, noted that the primary responsibility for securing the country rested with the Malian government.

It said that the Mission would continue to support the re-establishment of State authority throughout the country and the promotion of the rule of law and promotion of human rights.

The Council lent its full support to the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in Mali, Mr. Bert Koenders, urging him to use his good offices, in close coordination with the international community, to reach a comprehensive agreement ending the crisis.

It also called on Mali’s newly elected government to meet with the groups in the North, as part of an effort to address the underlying causes of recurrent crises which have affected Mali, including governance, security, development and humanitarian challenges, and drawing lessons from past peace agreements.

Commending the Government’s initial efforts to launch a series of consultative events on the situation in the North, the Council reiterated its call for an inclusive and credible negotiation process open to all communities of the north of Mali.

It said that negotiation should aim at securing a durable political resolution to the crisis and long-term peace and stability.

It also stressed the need to ensure the full, equal and effective participation and representation of women at all levels and at an early stage of the stabilization phase, including the political process and the disarming, demobilizing and reintegrating of ex-combatants which was actively supported by MINUSMA.

The Council also strongly condemned violations of international humanitarian law and abuses of human rights, including incidents of sexual violence in armed conflict, including against children.

It stressed that those responsible must be held accountable.

The Council further urged the government to continue cooperating with the International Criminal Court (ICC), and encouraged efforts to speed up the return of judicial authorities to the north of the country.

Briefing the Council earlier this month, the UN envoy in Mali, said UN member states hadpledged around 90 per cent of the authorized troops, personnel and equipment to MINUSMA among them China, El Salvador and the Netherlands.

'They should be on the ground by the end of spring, beginning of the summer,' Mr. Koeders said.

The Mission currently contains 5,488 of the anticipated 11,200 military personnel, 71 out of 320 police officers, and 883 out of 1,120 Formed Police Units (FPU) elements.

The role of MINUSMA, as authorized in April when it took over from an African-led force, is to use all necessary means to carry out security-related stabilization tasks, protect civilians, UN staff and cultural artefacts and create the conditions for provision of humanitarian aid.

The Mission’s core task is also to support the political process in Mali, in close coordination with the African Union (AU) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

Pana 24/01/2014