Security Council President Says Transparent Elections Essential For Mali, Welcomes Niger’s “Embrace Of Democracy” During Visiting Mission Briefing – Mali


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Warning member states about the continuing terrorist threat in Mali, delegates also called for elections there next February and noted signs of progress in Niger as they briefed member states on the Council’s mission. security in these countries from 22 to 26 October 2021.

Nicolas de Rivière (France) said that the Security Council mission to Mali and Niger led to discussions with representatives of civil society, signatory groups to the Intermalan Peace Agreement and mediators, among others. The mission underlined the Council’s constant commitment to support Mali, but also allowed Member States to see that the situation is serious, with growing insecurity and signs that the Malian state is withdrawing from the terrorist threat, including in the center of the country.

He noted that during the visit, Colonel Assimi Goïta did not express his willingness to establish an electoral calendar. Calling presidential elections in the country on February 27, 2022, he expressed concern that, the day after the visit, the Malian authorities announced that the representative of the Economic Community of African States of West (ECOWAS) had been declared persona non grata. He urged the authorities to resume dialogue with ECOWAS, declaring that Mali must not isolate itself and must heed the warnings of countries in the region. Paying tribute to the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) and fallen peacekeepers, he stressed that the Mission must be strengthened and expressed hope for an increased dialogue with the United Nations. Malian authorities on the matter.

Turning to the visit to Niger, he said that despite the challenges on the ground, the democratic model is working. Citing their clear presentation of goals on security, climate change and education, especially for girls, he welcomed the recent adoption by the Council of resolution 2601 (2021). Also noting specific information obtained on the G5 Sahel joint force, he stressed that it is appropriate to have a United Nations support office for this entity. Expressing the hope to continue discussions on the matter, he stressed that it was time for the Council to assume its responsibilities in this matter.

Moussa Maman Sani (Niger) underlined the need to support the regional efforts of ECOWAS as well as their mediating role in Mali. Urging the Council to unite on the situation in Mali, he expressed hope that he will overcome disagreements on the pending issue.

Martin Kimani (Kenya) said he was proud to have facilitated the visit during his country’s presidency of the Council. The mission’s delegates met with the Malian transitional government, the signatory armed groups, the United Nations country team and others involved in the security situation. He stressed that the Sahel region faces serious difficulties in responding to terrorism.

In Niger, he said the mission met with the country’s president, prime minister and foreign minister, as well as representatives of the G5 Sahel joint force and the United Nations country team. He noted that the government of Niger prioritizes and embraces democracy to stabilize the country and foster local development projects, providing a clear path for other states facing the same terrorist challenges to emerge successfully.

During the mission to Mali, delegates inquired about the elections, a process which he said must be clear and transparent, with progress towards the day when the Malian people can choose their leaders. He urged the transitional authorities to continue to comply with the wishes of the Malian people and the international community. Noting the expulsion of the ECOWAS Special Envoy, he expressed his understanding of Mali’s sovereign rights but hoped that this act did not reflect a reluctance to engage with the regional economic group and comply with the transition. power. The on-the-spot visit helped Member States understand the challenges on the ground, the most glaring being security in the region, and the need for progress in the Council to support African states against terrorism. Stressing that MINUSMA is clearly insufficient for the task, he called for supporting the G5 Sahel to win.

The meeting started at 11:01 a.m. and ended at 11:13 a.m.

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