President Macky Sall pleaded for Mali’s cause at the Peace and Security Summit in Dakar. On Monday, 18th November 2019, he made a request to the United Nations for a “robust mandate” for UNMISMA in Mali.
Like the other G5 Sahel countries, Mali faces the most destructive terrorist threats in Africa. The fall of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has undoubtedly worsened the situation for the G5 Sahel countries. Fragilised in several parts of its territory by terrorists, Mali is still struggling to regain the peace of mind it has experienced in terms of security a few years ago. This is what prompted Senegalese President Macky Sall’s plea for Ibrahim Boubacar Kéita’s country at the summit on peace and security in Africa at the Abdou Diouf International Conference Centre in Diamniadio (30 km from Dakar) last Monday.
Speaking at the desk, Macky Sall called for a “robust mandate” for UN forces in Mali and deplored that, despite the fact that there are more than 14,000 foreign soldiers in Mali, terrorist aggression continues to intensify and denounced the ineffectiveness of the forces in the Sahel in combating terrorism.
“Otherwise, it’s a mission to pay compensation. That’s good, that’s comforting. But we are losing money and the situation is getting worse on the ground. There is a need for reform of the peacekeeping system in areas where terrorism is rampant,” said Macky Sall, who stressed that there is also a need for “equipment and commitments.
“Senegal, Mali is one and indivisible,” continued the Senegalese president, who added that: “fighting terrorism in the Sahel together is an imperative of security community.