Fighting Threat of Terrorism Needs Robust Assistance from UNSC, Int’ l Neighborhood: India
United Nations: India on Wednesday stated that the UN mission in Mali is overburdened with a big mandate but is working with inadequate resources and required equipping the mission with commensurate resources, as it worried that combating the menace of terrorism in the Sahel area will need more robust assistance from the Security Council and the international neighborhood.
Speaking at the UN Security Council meeting on UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Objective in Mali (MINUSMA), India’s Deputy Permanent Agent to the UN Ambassador K Nagaraj Naidu stated the objective is overloaded with a big required, however lack of commensurate resources is impacting its performance. If MINUSMA needs to perform its mandate more successfully, it must be adequately equipped with resources. The quest for more with increasingly scarce resources will be disadvantageous, Naidu said.
Naidu informed the Council that the Indian Federal government will consider positively the Secretary General’s proposal for release of air properties in MINUSMA. Earlier, India had also contributed one million dollars to African-led International Assistance Mission to Mali (AFISMA) fund in 2013.
Naidu said India has born in mind of the Secretary General’s update on MINUSMA’s operations, security obstacles and shift plan, including a possible exit strategy. MINUSMA is playing a crucial function in stabilizing the security circumstance in Mali through its political and military support to the peace process, together with its confidence-building procedures, he said, praising efforts of MINUSMA peacekeepers, who are operating under complex and challenging circumstances. Naidu also stressed that the threat of terrorism can not be dealt with alone by Mali or any one State in the Sahel area. The Joint Force of the Group of 5 for the Sahel (FC-G5S), therefore, needs more robust support from the Council and from the global community.
He revealed condolences over the current unfortunate deaths of Malian defense workers, MINUSMA peacekeepers and French soldiers, saying the worldwide community must not lose sight of the fact that the seeds of the crisis in Mali were sown in the Libyan conflict in2011 He noted that the main factor for the coup d’tat and overthrow of the civilian federal government in 2012 was the alleged mishandling of the situation in Northern Mali. The situation even more intensified due to the offensive by terrorist and extremist armed groups in Southern Mali in early 2013.
Naidu kept in mind with issue that regardless of MINUSMA’s existence for nearly eight years and the continued efforts of the international community, particularly France, Mali is still seeing a repeat of exact same set of occasions of2012 The political situation remains precarious, he stated including that the Malian federal government is dealing with capability concerns, together with issues connected to absence of resources; security circumstance in central and northern Mali stays worrisome; terrorist groups such as Jama’a Nusrat ul- Islam wa al-Muslimin’ (JNIM) and the Islamic State in Greater Sahara (ISGS) are growing in strength; and, attacks against civilians, MINUSMA, Malian security and defence forces, worldwide forces and humanitarian firms are continuing unabated. He stated while discussing the situation in Mali and MINUSMA, the worldwide community needs to be cognizant of the elements adding to the prolonged crisis in the nation.
In this context, he stated the political developments in the last 3 months in Mali provide reasons for careful optimism in the coming days. The consultation of the civilian President and Prime Minister, the development of the Transitional Federal government, issuance of a Transitional Charter & Plan and constitution of 121- member National Shift Council (CNT), are all welcome advancements. Naidu added that the Transitional Government has likewise revealed dedication to advance the implementation of the Peace Arrangement and has accommodated stakeholders from the north in the CNT. While application of the Peace Arrangement is critical for stability in the North, dealing with problems worrying main Mali, should have an equally close attention of the authorities, he stated.
India likewise mentioned that an expeditious progress on institutional, political and electoral reforms is needed to achieve the ambitious target of holding elections by the end of the 18 month shift duration. Recommendations of the National Inclusive Dialogue offer a basis to construct consensus around problems of national importance. India invited the establishing of a Transitional Assistance Group by the African Union and a Follow-up Committee by Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and hoped that there will be positive progress in the coming months. Naidu likewise stressed that re-establishing State existence and State authority is essential to achieving peace and stability in Mali.
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