Faced with growing economic instability in the Sahel region, caused by acts of terrorism and violent extremism, the Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, H.E. Moussa Faki Mahamat has welcomed the United Nations Security Council’s authorization for the deployment of a Joint Force for the Group of Five for the Sahel States (FC-G5S).
The Group of Five for the Sahel States which includes, Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger, are struggling to contain and activities of violent extremists and terrorists.
The Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) states, “Violent extremist organizations profoundly impact the Sahel and West Africa. Since the early 2000s, their expanding ambitions, capacities, and geographical reach have wrought devastation on human security and economic development.
“Attacks by al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) and Boko Haram have killed tens of thousands of people and displaced millions more within and across national borders. The region remains greatly threatened by violence and instability.”
The United Nations Security Council’s authorization for the deployment of a Joint Force for the Group of Five for the Sahel States (FC-G5S), Mahamat continued, “reaffirms the AU’s commitment to work with governments of the FC-G5S countries and the international community for the immediate deployment and implementation of the FC-G5S in accordance with international law including international humanitarian, human rights and refugee laws respectively.”
He also appeals to the Member States to contribute troops and resources to the mission and encourages adherence to the AU Strategy for the Sahel on the promotion of regional security cooperation through information exchange, border security and confidence-building measures between countries in the region to consolidate the gains made against the insurgency.
The Chairperson highlights the importance of the international community’s unequivocal support in the fight against terrorism and violent extremism and commends the international community for the continued support in the fight against violent extremism and expresses appreciation to the European Union for its financial and technical pledge in support of the FC-G5S.