Remarks by DPR Albana Dautllari at the Security Council meeting on Mali – MINUSMA

Thank you, Mister President.

Let me begin by thanking SRSG Wane for briefing the Council and commend the excellent work of MINUSMA. I also extend my thanks to Ms. Samake for bringing an important civil society perspective, and we support her call to include more gender language in the next mandate.

At the outset, we would like to express deep concerns for the hundreds of people reported to have been killed during a counter-terrorism operation in Moura, and we express our condolences to the families. We urge credible and impartial investigations by the Malian authorities on these unclear circumstances, the facilitation of independent investigations by MINUSMA, and immediate access.

Today’s discussion is particularly timely as March should have marked a close to the Transition period and a return to constitutional order for Mali. Instead, we have witnessed a severe escalation in security threats, a dire humanitarian situation, and a dramatic shrinking of civic space, as Ms. Samake just raised. Mali is also facing its worst food and nutrition crisis in a decade, and the war in Ukraine has worsened the situation.

The rapid expansion of terrorist attacks in Mali today presents a serious concern with armed Islamist groups proliferating. The lack of State presence is creating a security vacuum conducive for non-state actors to further expand towards the South of Mali and the wider coastal countries of the Gulf of Guinea.

The recent Human Rights Watch reports documents disturbing attacks against civilians and local communities by the Malian army and armed groups. Albania strongly condemns the reported violence and calls for human rights and international humanitarian law to be upheld by all, and under all circumstances. In this context, we remain deeply worried about the methods adopted by Wagner Group, operating in Mali and the wider region.

As Security Council, we need to maintain a strong and articulated commitment in Mali, strengthening our support for the population, to foster development and strengthen the resilience of local communities.

However, it is the responsibility of the Malian authorities to take ownership and finalize a comprehensive politically-led strategy to reach a durable solution to the conflict and restore democracy and stability.

Albania calls on the Malian authorities to guarantee the freedom of movement and action of MINUSMA to allow the fulfilment of its mandate. We commend MINUSMA for facilitating progress in this challenging environment, including launching projects in cooperation with the local population, enabling thousands of people to have access to drinking water, and we look forward to the mandate renewal in June.

Mister President,

The political crisis and lack of commitment have contributed to severe delays in the implementation of the Algiers Accord. We echo the Secretary Generals’ call to the Malian stakeholders to reach a consensus and build on the reforms articulated by the Assises for the implementation of the Agreement,focusing on those related to the holding of elections.In this regard, we stress the need for all activities to be gender-responsive and build the capacity of women and girls.

Albania stands with ECOWAS and the African Union and fully supports their efforts to overcome the political impasse in Mali and preserve the democratic model in the region. We urge the Malian authorities to engage constructively with ECOWAS, MINUSMA and international partners in expediting the transition process and setting out a calendar for holding elections to return to constitutional order, in a timely manner. 

Thank you.

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