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Mali: ‘Critical year’ begins in country’s return to constitutional order

At the same time, humanitarian personnel have also come under fire. Last year, several 124 incidents were documented against them, and five aid workers were slain in the Kayes, Ménaka plus Ségou regions.   Mister. Wane also updated the particular Council on momentum around the 2015 Peace Agreement, signed by the authorities plus two armed group coalitions, in the wake of lack of stability in the north several years prior.  

Work in progress 

“Mali is ushering in a critical year in terms of returning to constitutional order, ” he said, with many votes scheduled starting within March.   The need for additional support to humanitarian education operations also remains higher, as a 6 million reaction plan is less than 40 per cent funded.   The particular envoy was addressing ambassadors at what he known as a “unique juncture” in the efforts to promote lasting serenity and security in the West African country.    

‘Complex’ security situation 

Addressing the changeover and peace process, he or she noted that in less than 8 weeks, Mali will hold a constitutional referendum that will mark the very first of a series of polls towards the planned restoration of constitutional order in March 2024.   “The ongoing transition offers a unique opportunity to enhance the agreement : an opportunity that cannot and should not have to get squandered. ”  Two some other aspects are also critical, specifically the availability of financial and logistical resources and “the evolution of the security situation”, he added, while underlining the importance of UN support.   The authorities still demonstrate commitment to hold the polls on time, as evidenced by developments such as the organization of a new independent electoral management body and a initial draft constitution.  

El-Ghassim Wane, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), briefs the Security Council meeting on the situation in Mali.
Overall, almost eight. 8 million people require humanitarian assistance, a 17 per cent boost since the beginning of 2022. Two million children below five remain affected by acute malnutrition.  

Since then, the security scenario remains “complex”, particularly in the centre of the country and in the tri-border region with Burkina Faso and Niger.  

Humanitarian operations impacted  

While much has been accomplished in that time, “the goals that were set by the Council are yet to be completely achieved, and the context provides witnessed significant changes, ” he said.   El-Ghassim Wane, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stablizing Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), briefs the Security Council conference on the situation in Mali. MINUSMA, Algeria and other members of the international community are promoting dialogue in the temporary.  

Required to protect 

UN Photo/Loey Felipe Mr. Dwindle last briefed the Council in October, reporting upon progress in restoring civilian rule in Mali within the wake of the August 2020 military coup, ongoing insecurity and rising humanitarian needs.   Mali’s transitional authorities have convened a series of consultations along with political parties and civil society to discuss various facets of the preparation of the constitutional referendum and other elections.   “As the Council considers the recommendation of the Secretary-General, it is worth keeping in mind that backing Mali is critical not only for that country itself but also for the entire region, ” he additional, referring to an internal review of MINUSMA, launched last year.  

Constitutional referendum ahead 

Recent months have seen disagreements over the level of Government participation in the committee overseeing the deal, and the signatory movements have suspended their involvement in the peace process.   “I encourage the particular parties to spare no efforts to overcome the current difficulties and achieve important progress in the implementation from the peace agreement, ” stated Mr. Wane.   Looking ahead, he said MINUSMA has the capacity to more effectively help with improving security.  

Support inclusion efforts 

“In the final quarter, MINUSMA has continuing to make a sustained effort to shield civilians. It’s done so regardless of the difficult environment in which this operates and the gaps within capacity, which are significant, ” said Mr. Wane.   “The armed forces have got stepped up their attempts that in certain regions have got allowed a reduction in the number of protection incidents. However , extremist groups retain the capacity to undertake complex, coordinated operations, ” mentioned Mr. Wane.   This can depend on several factors, including getting the tools they need to better protect themselves, timely replacing troops serving at the mission, and increased coordination with the Malian defense and security forces.  

2015 Peace Agreement 

The EL envoy also highlighted the particular “absolute pivotal need” to respect freedom of movement, in line with the Status of Forces Agreement.   Yet, several challenges remain, since the new electoral management person is required to set up local workplaces across the country, and the ongoing constitutional review process must be finished.   Mr. Wane heads the particular UN mission in Mali, known by the French acronym MINUSMA ,   established nearly about ten years ago following insecurity in the north and a military coup.   “These initiatives must be encouraged and supported, for inclusion and consensus are crucial for your overall success of the Changeover process, ” said Mr. Wane.   Due to the activities of extremist groups, internal displacement remains high.   In December, the particular figure amounted to some 412, 000 people.    


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