United States expresses regret over Mali’s decision to revoke consent for MINUSMA
Concerns raised over security and humanitarian crises in Mali
The United States has expressed regret over the recent decision by the transition government of Mali to revoke its consent for the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). This decision is expected to have a significant impact on the security and humanitarian crises currently affecting the Malian people. In response, the United States has committed to working closely with its partners in West Africa to address the urgent security and governance challenges faced by the region.
MINUSMA, which is tasked with providing stability and promoting peace in Mali, has been instrumental in maintaining order and facilitating peace talks in the country. The United States fully supports MINUSMA and its Special Representative of the Secretary-General, El-Ghassim Wane, for their efforts in leading the mission. It emphasizes the need for an orderly and responsible drawdown of MINUSMA, prioritizing the safety and security of both peacekeepers and the Malian population.
Promoting stability and conflict prevention through regional consultations
Recognizing the gravity of the situation in Mali, the United States welcomes further consultations with regional leaders to explore additional steps that can be taken to promote stability and prevent conflict. These consultations will provide an opportunity to discuss and address the concerns raised by the revocation of consent for MINUSMA.
The United States acknowledges the complex security and governance challenges that have plagued Mali in recent years. It remains committed to supporting the efforts of the Malian government and the international community in addressing these challenges. The U.S. government also extends its full support to the transition government in its commitment to transitioning to a democratically elected, civilian-led government by March 2024, as outlined in the Algiers Accord.
Focusing on the safety and security of peacekeepers and the Malian people
Amidst the current security and humanitarian crises in Mali, the United States urges the transition government to prioritize the safety and security of both peacekeepers and the Malian population. The government must ensure the responsible implementation of its decision to revoke consent for MINUSMA, taking into consideration the potential consequences and risks associated with such a move.
The United States recognizes the importance of MINUSMA’s presence in Mali, particularly in the current volatile context. It calls on the transition government to continue adhering to all commitments, including the transition to a democratically elected, civilian-led government. This transition is crucial in ensuring long-term stability and prosperity for the Malian people.
The United States regrets the decision by Mali’s transition government to revoke its consent for MINUSMA, highlighting the potential negative impact on the security and humanitarian crises in the country. It reiterates its commitment to working closely with regional partners to address the urgent security and governance challenges faced by Mali and the wider West African region. Furthermore, the United States emphasizes the importance of an orderly and responsible drawdown of MINUSMA, prioritizing the safety and security of peacekeepers and the Malian population. It calls on the transition government to adhere to all commitments, including the timely transition to a democratically elected, civilian-led government, for long-term stability and prosperity in Mali.