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Mali - Adoption of resolution 2164 – Remarks to the press by Gérard Araud, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations (June 25, 2014 )

The Security Council has just adopted resolution 2164 renewing for one year the mandate of the UN force in Mali (MINUSMA).

This new resolution includes two priorities.

First of all, it strengthens MINUSMA’s presence in northern Mali. The peacekeeping forces should in particular be deployed to the northern part of the country, including outside of the major cities, in various locations, in order to ensure, in the most effective way possible, the implementation of the force’s mandate to protect civilians.

Secondly, it strengthens MINUSMA’s mandate at the political level since it calls on the secretary-general’s special representative to support the immediate launch of peace talks. It urges the parties and regional and international actors to work together with the special representative to that end.

Lastly, it reaffirms the importance of the peace process based on the Ouagadougou Agreement and the ceasefire agreement of May 23. It also pays tribute to the efforts made by Algeria.

A year after the adoption of resolution 2100, resolution 2164 responds, in my view, to all of the requests made by Mali’s minister of foreign affairs when he appeared before the Council.

Thank you.



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