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Vietnam reaffirms support for Mali's sovereignty and territorial integrity

16:16 | 10/10/2020

Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy, head of the Vietnamese permanent mission to the United Nations, speaking also for Indonesia, reaffirmed their support for the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Mali, taking note of the recent appointments of the President and Prime Minister of the Transitional Government.

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Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy, head of the Vietnamese permanent mission to the UN speaks at a meeting of the United Nations Security Council. Source: VOV

Both countries therefore called for a comprehensive approach aimed at dealing with security and humanitarian challenges, in addition to promoting socio-economic development in the West African nation.

They have kept a close watch on the ongoing situation there and recognise the appointment of both the President and the Prime Minister of the transition Government, Ambassador Quy said.

Joining other Council members in welcoming the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)’s mediation efforts, he also commended efforts of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) and called for enhanced support for its early warning capability and rapid response.

Given the ever-worsening situationcaused by growing terrorism and extreme violence in Mali, the Vietnamese diplomat called on all concerned parties to consolidate trust and co-operation. This should be done as a means of promoting national harmony, promptly returning the country to a civilian regime, and continuing to carry out the terms of the 2015 Peace and Reconciliation Agreement.

The success of the transition to civilian rule depends on building mutual trust among Malian parties, including the meaningful participation of women in that process.

He also stressed the importance of a coherent and integrated approach to security and development, which also addresses climate change.

“There is every reason to hope for a successful political transition,” said Mahamat Saleh Annadif, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and Head of MINUSMA. Describing a situation long characterized by socioeconomic tensions and loss of trust in political actors, he said that resulted, in mid‑August, in the paralysis of Mali’s State institutions and ultimately the resignation of President Ibrahim Keïta. ECOWAS condemned the coup and instituted sanctions, demanding a civilian‑led transition.

In response, he said, Mali appointed former Defence Minister Bah N’daw as its new transitional President and adopted a charter for the way forward. ECOWAS lifted its sanctions, much to the relief of people across the region. A new Government was formed on October 5, which regrettably does not meet the gender quotas required by Malian law. However, he expressed hope that those engaged in the transition — which, notably, include various signatory groups to the country’s 2015 Peace and Reconciliation Agreement — will fully implement the crucial political, administrative and electoral reforms laid out in the charter.

“The ball remains in the court of the Malian people,” he said.

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Following the briefing, delegates — who convened in the Security Council Chamber, divided by plastic screens, for the first time since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic — took the floor to express their views.

Many praised the quick formation of a transitional Government, facilitated by decisive regional leadership and MINUSMA’s good offices. However, some speakers said the priorities outlined in the transitional charter must now be translated into concrete results.

Others drew attention to Mali’s most urgent challenges — including ongoing terrorist attacks and high numbers of people in need of humanitarian assistance — while pointing out that they have only been exacerbated by COVID-19./.

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