UN chief: Consider sanctions on those thwarting Mali peace

2017-01-17 06:14
Antonio Guterres (File: AFP).

Antonio Guterres (File: AFP).

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

New York - Secretary General Antonio Guterres is urging the UN Security Council to consider imposing sanctions on key players in Mali who are obstructing implementation of a 2015 peace agreement if there are no immediate results on the ground.

The new UN chief said in a report to the council circulated Monday that progress in implementing the peace deal between the government and rebel groups remains too slow.

"The peace process in Mali is at a critical juncture," he said. "Notwithstanding some progress made over the past 18 months ... the signatory parties continue to disagree on key interim measures, thus stalling the process for all other provisions."

Guterres said that amid renewed fighting between a government-allied militia known as the Platform and a coalition of groups seeking autonomy in northern Mali that includes ethnic Arabs and Tuaregs, key provisions of the agreement have not been put in place. He cited the failure to establish interim authorities and mixed patrols as well as the postponement of a national reconciliation conference scheduled for December.

'Constructive dialogue'

The Tuareg rebellion in Mali's far north has been a source of conflict for decades with the government.

A 2012 uprising was blamed for prompting mutinous soldiers to overthrow Mali's president of a decade, creating a power vacuum that ultimately led to an Islamic insurgency and a French-led war that ousted the jihadists from power in 2013. But Jihadists remain active in the region more than three years later, frequently attacking Malian and French soldiers as well as UN peacekeepers trying to stabilise the north.

Guterres urged all parties to immediately stop fighting and resume "a constructive dialogue", noting that only six months are left in the interim period stipulated in the peace agreement.

He also urged the international community, including a team of mediators, to redouble efforts and use their "full political weight" to ensure action by the signatories.

Security threats 

If international efforts and dialogue fail "to achieve immediate results on the ground, I call on the Security Council to consider, in the coming months, the imposition of targeted sanctions against those who obstruct implementation of the peace agreement", Guterres said.

The secretary-general warned that "the limited progress in putting in place the security arrangements foreseen in the agreement has facilitated the spread of insecurity from the far north to the center of Mali, with terrorist and violent extremist groups expanding their activities and consolidating their presence".

He said growing insecurity in border areas between Mali and Burkina Faso and Niger, together with the impact of drug trafficking on peace efforts, demonstrates the need for regional co-operation to tackle security threats.

Guterres urged the government to redouble its efforts to redeploy Malian forces in the north and center of the country where security remains volatile.

Read more on:    un  |  antonio guterres  |  mali  |  west africa

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.