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PARIS, JANUARY 22, 2016: (DGW) IRKED by the blatant disregard for the rule of law by governments in the West African subregion, the President of the UN Security Council has issued a statement warning all West African governments to henceforth ensure respect for the rule of law by strict obedience to court orders.
This was contained in a statement issued, signed and despatched to all governments in the sub-region.
Below is a copy of the statement issued by the president and emailed to our newsroom a while ago
''CONSOLIDATION OF PEACE IN WEST AFRICA
Report of the Secretary-General on the United Nations Office for activities in West Africa and the Sahel ( S / 2016/1072 )
Statement by the President of the Security Council
The Security Council notes the report ( S / 2016/1072 ) the Secretary-General on the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS) and welcomes the presentation of the Special Representative Secretary-General for West Africa and the Sahel, Mohamed ibn Chambas, presented him on 13 January 2017.
The Council welcomes the letter from its President of 29 December 2016 and its annex concerning the renewal of the mandate of UNOWAS for a further three-year period from 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2019.
The Council expresses its full support to the Special Representative and expects UNOWAS to strengthen its activities in conflict prevention, mediation and good offices, subregional and regional cooperation in the fight against cross-border threats and Peace and security, the implementation of the United Nations Integrated Strategy for the Sahel, and the promotion of good governance, respect for the rule of law, obedience to court orders and human Of gender mainstreaming.
The Council welcomes the recent improvement in the political situation in West Africa, in particular the holding of free and peaceful elections in Cabo Verde and Ghana and the final outcome of the political dialogue in Guinea. He applauded the steps taken to develop and adopt political, institutional and constitutional reforms in Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Liberia, Senegal and Sierra Leone.
The Council takes note of the measures taken by the United Nations system in partnership with the authorities of Burkina Faso to test a new approach to the consolidation and sustainability of peace in the country, Development of a strategic framework to consolidate post-transition stabilization. It encourages UNOWAS to support peacebuilding and support peace efforts in other West African countries, where democratic advances remain fragile, following the UN's comprehensive inter-agency approach to Burkina Faso Faso.
The Council applauds the ongoing work of UNOWAS to promote the participation of women in political life and the peace and security process, and in this regard welcomes the encouraging developments in Liberia and In Nigeria.
The Council recalls its statement to the press (SC / 12616), the statement of its President ( S / PRST / 2016/19 ) and its 2337 resolution (2017), and welcomes and is encouraged by the decision of the political situation in Gambia Adopted at the fiftieth regular session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government held in Abuja on 17 December 2016 and welcomes the decisions adopted by the Peace and Security Council of the African Union at its 644th meeting, Which took place on 12 December 2016, and the statement made at its 647th meeting on 13 January 2017, announcing that, as from 19 January 2017, outgoing President Yahya Jammeh will cease to be recognized by the African Union as the legitimate President of the Republic of The Gambia. In this regard, the Council requests the Special Representative to continue to facilitate, through his good offices, exchanges and negotiations aimed at ensuring the peaceful transfer of the power of outgoing President Yahya Jammeh to President Adama Barrow.
The Council expresses its concern at the rise of violent extremism, which can lead to terrorism, as well as the terrorist threats in the region and their links with transnational organized crime. In this regard, it strongly condemns all terrorist attacks carried out in the region, in particular the Lake Chad Basin, notably by Boko Haram. He stressed the importance of combating terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, in particular by eliminating the factors that allowed it to spread. He is particularly concerned about the attacks on civilians, who are the main victims of the violence.
The Council welcomes the efforts undertaken at the subregional, regional and international levels to mitigate the security and development implications of the Boko Haram operations and from a humanitarian perspective. It notes the progress made in the establishment of the Joint Multinational Force (JFM). It urges participating Member States to further improve military cooperation and coordination in the region, to refuse to give refuge to Boko Haram, to allow humanitarian access and to facilitate the restoration of civilian security and The rule of law in the liberated areas. It recalls that Member States must ensure that the measures they take to combat terrorism comply with all their obligations under international law, in particular international human rights law, international human Refugees and international humanitarian law.
The Council invites Member States and multilateral partners to lend their support to the DMF in order to make it rapidly and fully operational, including providing the means to accelerate and improve the exchange of information, Being to strengthen regional collective action against Boko Haram. He stressed that, in order to weaken and defeat Boko Haram, it was important to have a comprehensive strategy of conducting coordinated security operations in accordance with applicable international law and strengthening civilian activities to improve governance and promote Economic growth in the affected areas.
In this regard, the Council strongly deplores the tragic events of 17 January 2017 in Rann, northeastern Nigeria, which resulted in the deaths of many civilians, including internally displaced persons and humanitarian workers. It urges the Government of Nigeria to investigate the facts without delay and reiterates the obligation of all parties to an armed conflict to fulfill their obligations under international humanitarian law, international human rights law, And international refugee law.
The Council reiterates its grave concern at the disastrous humanitarian situation caused by the activities of Boko Haram in the Lake Chad Basin region. In this regard, it urges the international community to immediately support the delivery of emergency humanitarian assistance to the populations most affected by the crisis in Cameroon, Niger, Nigeria and Chad, including by responding to the call In favor of the Lake Chad Basin region launched by the United Nations. It also urges the Governments of the region to facilitate access by humanitarian organizations and to work with the United Nations and international partners to develop viable solutions for the delivery of aid.
The Council remains concerned about piracy in the Gulf of Guinea, drug trafficking and other illicit products, as well as trafficking in migrants and trafficking in human beings, and stresses the need to intensify the fight against Activities in the subregion.
The Council welcomes the initiatives initiated by the West African and Sahel countries to combat insecurity in the region and invites Member States, regional and subregional organizations, The United Nations and other relevant stakeholders to strengthen social cohesion and tackle obstacles to good governance.
The Council welcomes the collaboration between UNOWAS and subregional and regional organizations, including the African Union, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the Group of Five Sahelian countries (G5 Sahel), the Lake Chad Basin Commission and the Mano River Union, to promote peace and stability in West Africa and the Sahel. It remains committed to working closely with these organizations through UNOWAS to strengthen subregional and regional cooperation in combating cross-border threats and preventing the spread of terrorism. In this regard, it welcomes UNOWAS's support to the ECOWAS Commission for the implementation of its regional framework for security sector reform and governance and the promotion of a coordinated approach to Reform of the security sector in the region.
The Council takes note of the collaboration between UNOWAS and the Peacebuilding Commission and encourages both to continue to cooperate closely and effectively with a view to achieving a lasting peace in the region.
The Council welcomes the efforts of the African Union and ECOWAS, as well as the Member States of the West African and Sahel region, to strengthen border security and regional cooperation, in particular through the G5 Sahel and the Nouakchott Process on strengthening security cooperation and operationalizing the African Peace and Security Architecture in the Sahelo-Saharan region.
The Council encourages United Nations agencies and their partners to continue to advance the implementation of the United Nations Integrated Strategy for the Sahel, including by supporting the G5 Sahel, in order to contribute to addressing security Political obstacles to the stability and development of the Sahel region, and reaffirms its firm determination to overcome these difficulties, which are also related to humanitarian and development issues, as well as to the negative impacts of climate change and And in this context stresses the importance of conducting risk assessments and appropriate risk management strategies to address the impacts of climate change.
The Council welcomes the conclusions of the independent evaluation of the Integrated Strategy. In this regard, it requests UNOWAS to coordinate its work with that of the Sahel States and all other stakeholders in order to provide strategic guidance, guidance and guidance to the United Nations system The effective implementation of the Integrated Strategy, including its thematic focus, coordination arrangements, partnerships and the division of responsibilities among United Nations agencies in the field and at Headquarters.
The Council requests UNOWAS to contribute to the ongoing efforts to maintain international mobilization by revitalizing the commitments and initiatives of all stakeholders, including the countries of the region, the various regional mechanisms, the United Nations, African Union, the European Union, the World Bank and the African Development Bank, and underlined the importance of the consolidating role of the Peacebuilding Commission in working towards the consolidation of Peace and, in collaboration with UNOWAS, to ensure that the United Nations agencies, Sahel countries and other international and regional partners are more committed and working in partnership to advance Implementation of the Strategy and to adapt it to the evolving needs of the region.
The Council also requests UNOWAS to provide the necessary support to the ministerial coordinating platform for the Sahel and its technical secretariat and to the G5 Sahel.
The Council expresses its intention to monitor progress on a regular basis, and in this regard requests the Secretary-General to provide, in its next periodic report for July 2017, information on the activities carried out by UNOWAS in this regard. Which relates to the following aspects of its mandate relating to the Integrated Strategy: (a) consistency of the policy and program aspects of the Integrated Strategy; (B) rationalization and coordination of initiatives by international and regional actors in the Sahel region to ensure that they address new challenges in the region; (C) orientation and direction of the general mobilization of United Nations system actors and partners in order to achieve the overall objective of the Integrated Strategy; (D) promotion of the implementation of the 9 flagship projects of the Integrated Strategy and evaluation of results; And (e) attention to all the pillars of the Integrated Strategy and funding gaps.''