The president of Burkina Faso, president of the G5 Sahel, Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, had a working session with a delegation of members of the UN Security Council at the Kosyam Palace on March 23, 2019, early in the evening. The discussions focused on the G5 Sahel, the security challenges in Burkina Faso and cooperation between the UN mission in Mali (MINUSMA) and the G5 Sahel force, according to the Presidency's communication direction.
This working session took place after a meeting in Bamako, Mali, which redefined the basis for cooperation between MINUSMA and the G5 Sahel Association Force; said the Burkinabe foreign minister, Alpha Barry. "It was a matter of how MINUSMA can support the G5-Sahel logistically, so that the joint power can perform better on the ground," said Barry.
According to Minister Barry, the wish of G5 Sahel members is that "the cooperation between the two forces, which was limited to the borders of Mali, could extend over the entire G5 Sahel space and count the seven battalions involved in the joint force. "
German diplomats Christoph Heusgen, Ivorian Kacou Houadja Léon Adom and French François Delattre, all permanent representatives of their respective countries at the United Nations, and co-chairmen of the Security Council, confirmed the solidarity, friendship and support of the Council in Burkina Faso in the war on terrorism. "The United Nations Secretary-General has instructed his Special Representative for West Africa, Mr Mohamed Ibn Chambas, to concentrate the region's efforts on Burkina Faso," said the Ambassador, Germany's Permanent Representative to the United Nations.
The delegation urged the Burkinese government to work on sharpening the social fabric swollen by inter-municipal clashes. She also said she was concerned about respecting the rights of citizens in the context of the fight against terrorism. "The fight against terrorism must be conducted with respect for human rights. It is also necessary to protect the women and children who are the most victims," said Ambassador Heusgen.
The Security Council praised the vitality of civil society, which, among other things, deals with the fight against corruption, and praised the spirit of integrity of the Burkinese. He praised Burkina Faso for the democratic reforms that have been implemented, including the constitutional reform, and encouraged the government to continue with reforms and implement the already adopted laws.
Van Wakat Sera