New York (United Nations) - The UN Security Council, concerned about the "alarming situation" in the Sahel region, on Wednesday urged the countries of the region, including the Maghreb to step up cooperation and interregional coordination to fight terrorism, weapons proliferation, and transnational organized crime.
New York (United Nations) – The UN Security Council, concerned about the “alarming situation” in the Sahel region, on Wednesday urged the countries of the region, including the Maghreb to step up cooperation and interregional coordination to fight terrorism, weapons proliferation, and transnational organized crime.
In a presidential statement prepared by Morocco, the Council called “once more on the countries of the Sahel, West Africa, and the Maghreb to promote regional cooperation and coordination to develop non-exclusive and effective strategies to fight terrorism, the proliferation of all weapons, and transnational organized crime in the Sahel region, including drug trafficking.”
The Council welcomes, in this regard, the holding in Rabat on November 13-14, 2013, of the Second Regional Ministerial Conference on border security between the Sahel and Maghreb countries, and takes note of its recommendations, said the declaration adopted at the end of a UNSC debate on the situation in the Sahel.
The debate organized by the French Presidency of the Council, took place with the participation of the Secretary General of the UN, Ban Ki -moon, and the Special Envoy of the World Bank resident Jim Yung Kim, and Special Envoy for the Sahel Romano Prodi, as well as representatives of the African Union and the European Union.
While reaffirming strong commitment to the sovereignty, territorial integrity, political independence and unity of the countries of the Sahel region, the Security Council states once more that “it remains concerned about the alarming situation in the Sahel region and reaffirms commitment to finding a solution to the complex problems of security and political order in the region.”
He strongly condemned the terrorist attacks that have been perpetrated recently and the human rights abuses against civilians, including women and children by terrorist groups or other extremist groups.”