7 November 2016 - France strongly condemned the attack in Mali [fr]

Peace operations facing asymmetrical threats - Remarks to the press by Mr. François Delattre, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations - 7 November 2016

We today have an important debate chaired by the Senegalese Foreign Affairs Minister on the asymmetric threats that we are facing. This is not a theoretical debate, that’s why I wanted to say a few words. This is actually very actual.

As you know in Mali, one peacekeeper from Togo and two civilians from Mali were killed yesterday in the North and in the Mopti region. France strongly condemned the attack and extended its condolences to the families of the victims. As you know MINUSMA has a robust mandate to support the implementation of the peace agreement in Mali. But we are calling the Malian parties to intensify their efforts to fully and concretely implement the peace agreement.

As you know, also, a French soldier from Barkhane lost his life over the weekend in the North of Mali. He was one of the 3,500 French soldiers belonging to the French operation Barkhane, under UN Security Council mandate, that performs counter-terrorist operations in Sahel, in support of the Sahel States.

On the operational side, this kind of attacks proves more than ever that peacekeepers need to be provided with the necessary capacities to implement their mandates. And all the innovations that have been developed over the last years in terms of drones, in terms of intelligence, helicopters, special forces, are crucial. This is what the debate that we will have is all about. So we commend the Senegalese presidency of the Security Council for having this debate.

One thing I wanted you to notice also: it is the first time that we have the Secretary-General of La Francophonie, Madame Michaëlle Jean, briefing the Security Council, especially on a very important issue having to do with peacekeeping. I think it is important, and I think it says a lot about the growing role of la Francophonie within the community of Nations. So I just wanted to flag this for you to notice the presence of Michaëlle Jean.

Je voulais juste vous dire combien pour nous la présence de Michaëlle Jean, Secrétaire générale de la Francophonie, à ce débat, est importante. C’est en effet la première fois que le Secrétaire général de la Francophonie, en la personne de Michaëlle Jean, est présent pour briefer le Conseil de sécurité, de surcroît sur un thème particulièrement important concernant le maintien de la paix et les menaces asymétriques en particulier. Donc c’est un jour important pour la Francophonie, pour son affirmation dans la communauté des Nations et au sein des Nations unies en particulier.

Q : Vous aviez évoqué un peu plus tôt les attaques au Mali ?

Sur le Mali, je voulais simplement répéter combien, après les attaques d’hier que nous avons naturellement condamnées, il est important d’appeler l’ensemble des parties maliennes à la pleine mise en œuvre de l’accord de paix. C’est l’enjeu je crois aussi d’une réunion comme celle-ci de le rappeler. Pour sa part, la France reste extrêmement présence, d’abord à travers la force Barkhane qui avec 3 500 personnes constitue le fer de lance de notre politique anti-terroriste dans l’ensemble des pays du Sahel.

Dernière modification : 22/03/2018

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