UN Official Urges Security Council To Secure Prosperous Sahel

A United Nations senior official, called on the Security Council to support a ‘secure, peaceful and prosperous Sahel’ as the security situation in the Sahel continues to deteriorate.

Assistant Secretary-General for Africa in the Departments of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Peace Operations Martha Pobee, made the call while briefing the Security Council at UN headquarters in New York.

She explained the indiscriminate terrorist violence, saying it means thousands of innocent civilians are suffering, and millions of others are forced to leave their homes.

Meanwhile the Joint Force of the Group of Five G5 created in 2017 by the then Heads of State from Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger to counter terrorism in the region remains an important component in responding to the insecurity.

Despite challenges, including the withdrawal of Mali in May from the force, Pobee assured that the Joint Force continues to conduct military operations across the Central Sector in the tri-border area.