NEW YORK- The Security Council adopted unanimously, on Friday, a resolution extending by one year the mandate of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali, pointing out the need to achieve rapid progress in the implementation of the agreement on peace and reconciliation in Mali, stemmed from Algiers’ process.
The resolution reaffirms that the first strategic priority for the Minusma is to support the implementation of the 2015 peace agreement. As a result, the UN mission must prioritize support for the implementation of the agreement in all its decisions.
The Security Council has set a second priority for the UN mission to protect civilians, reduce inter-communal violence and restore state authority and basic social services in central Mali.
It calls for the authorities to develop without delay a comprehensive strategy to end the violence and ensure the return of the state in central Mali by encouraging the Minusma to strengthen its action in this area.
The resolution also requests the UN chief to present in six months a thorough assessment of the situation in northern and central Mali.
The United States has suggested reducing the number of troops to 800 but their proposal has not received the support of the members of the Security Council.