UN wants plan to fight intercommunal violence in Sahel ~ #AFP:


The UN Security Council on Wednesday adopted a declaration calling on its secretary general “to study the feasibility of a joint civilian project” between its mission for West Africa and the Sahel with regional organizations in order to to better fight against intercommunal violence.

In this text written by two non-permanent members of the Council, Ireland and Niger, the Council refers in particular to the G5 Sahel force, ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States) and the African Union, with which cooperation could be created.

It is about “stemming the increasingly destabilizing phenomenon of intercommunal violence and preventing its reappearance in the region” and encouraging “support for such a project from bilateral and development partners”, like the World Bank or other financial institutions, the statement adds.

In this regard, the Council asks the head of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, “viable options to establish such a joint civilian” project.

In a statement, Irish Ambassador Geraldine Byrne Nason said that “continued national, regional and international cooperation with countries in the region is essential to achieve (the) common goal of preventing and meet the challenges of peace and security, which include climate-related risks “.

His counterpart from Niger, Abdou Abarry, said in the same statement that “the pervasive insecurity and political instability in the region demanded a structured and targeted implementation of the mandate of Unowas (United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel, based in Dakar), to effectively address the root causes of sustainable development ”.


Source: VOA-AFP.


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