Mali – United Nations – Renewal of MINUSMA’s mandate – Statement by Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development (New York, June 29, 2016)

I welcome the unanimous adoption of UNSCR 2295 which renews the mandate of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) for one year.

In this resolution, which was put forward by France, the Security Council underscores the progress in implementing the inter-Malian peace agreement, while calling on the parties to increase their efforts in this direction, on the political, security and development fronts.

In order to support this positive momentum, the Security Council agreed to strengthen MINUSMA, as we had requested, together with the Malian authorities and our African partners: its role in supporting the peace process has been strengthened, some 2,500 troops will be added to its force levels, increasing the number of soldiers and police personnel deployed to 15,200, and its rules of engagement have been strengthened. It will therefore have increased capacity to fully implement its mandate.

France will continue to support Mali, the UN and the African countries, notably through Operation Barkhane and the EU’s commitment to ensuring Mali’s lasting stabilization.