Adoption of UN Security Council resolution 2391 on the Sahel (8 December 2017)

Statement by Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian

I welcome the unanimous adoption of Security Council resolution 2391 on support for the G5 Sahel Joint Force.

Following the passage and extension of Security Council resolution 2359, adopted last June, the UN Security Council once again offers its strong, clear political support for the G5 Sahel nations, which have decided to join forces to combat terrorism and organized crime. It recognizes the significant progress achieved in just a few months, and calls on all parties to shoulder their responsibilities so that this force may reach full operational capacity as quickly as possible.

Resolution 2391 also provides for establishing logistical and operational support for MINUSMA, benefiting units of the Joint Force operating within its scope of action. This resolution also reaffirms that the Joint Force will be a success only with concomitant development efforts on the ground and respect for fundamental criteria in the area of human rights.

The UN is thereby doing its part in the international effort to ramp up the G5 Sahel force and will help it to become fully effective on the ground.

Together with its EU partners, France remains fully committed to supporting the operationality of the G5 Sahel Joint Force. French support for the joint force has been unwavering from the outset, providing both operational support and equipment. The EU has allocated €50 million to the force. Other contributors such as the United States, Saudi Arabia, Denmark and Luxembourg also recently announced their support.

I also want to reiterate that there will be no lasting stability in the Sahel without the full and effective implementation of the peace and reconciliation agreement in Mali. We call on all the Malian parties to step up their efforts in this regard.

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