Mali: Algiers Agreement, "cornerstone" of stability in Sahel, says Guterres

APS - 09 February 2020

ADDIS ABABA-The United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Saturday in Addis Ababa that the Peace Agreement in Mali, resulting from the Algiers process, was the "cornerstone" of stability in the Sahel region.

"We continue to support the implementation of the peace agreement in Mali, a cornerstone without which there can be no stability in the region," Guterres said at the opening of the African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council (PSC) Summit on the Sahel region and Libya.

Urging the international community to support counter-terrorism efforts in the Sahel, the Secretary-General underlined the need to respond to the calls of the governments of the region regarding their security and development needs.

"We know that violent extremism can never be stopped by security solutions alone. Development remains the best preventive instrument for peace," he continued.

Shortly before the Summit, Guterres referred at a press conference to the inadequacy of the arrangements in place to defeat terrorism in the Sahel, and urged the international community to recognize the need for African counter-terrorism operations, backed by mandates under Chapter VII of the UN Security Council, with predictable funding guaranteed by assessed contributions.

"Relation between terrorism elimination and development has become obvious for the G5 Sahel today but also for the broader coalition," he said.

The UN SG further stated that terrorism in Africa is "a global threat" and "it is everyone's duty to show effective solidarity with the African states that are on the front line of this fight."