Security Council Calls for Holistic Approach to Counterterrorism in Sahel

The UN Security Council Presidency issued a statement voicing concern over the surge of terrorist attacks in the Sahel and stressing the need for a “holistic approach” to curb terrorism.

The Security Council “expresses its concerns over the threats of terrorism, including widespread terrorist ideology in the region and their linkages to transnational organized crime, as well the worsening humanitarian situation in the region,” a statement issued by the Council said.

In this respect, the Council condemns all terrorist attacks carried out in the region, in particular in Northern and Central Mali and the Lake Chad Basin region, notably by Boko Haram and the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS).

The Security Council, therefore, stressed the need to uproot terrorism from its sources and fight all its forms and manifestations, including by addressing conditions conducive to the spread of its ideology.

The Council also welcomed the leadership of countries in West Africa and the Sahel in spearheading initiatives to address security challenges. It also commended the engagement of UNOWAS with the African Union, ECOWAS, the Group of 5 for the Sahel (G-5 Sahel), the Lake Chad Basin Commission and the Mano River Union to promote peace and stability in West Africa.

The document shed light on the humanitarian ramifications of terrorist activities in the Lake Chad Basin region and called on the international community to “immediately support the provision of urgent humanitarian assistance for the people most affected by the crisis in Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria,” including by fulfilling the UN appeal for the Lake Chad Basin region.

 

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