Ambassador Cherith Norman Chalet
Acting Deputy Permanent Representative
U.S. Mission to the United Nations
New York, New York
April 7, 2020
Thank you SRSG Annadif for the briefing. MINUSMA is working around the clock to address the impact of COVID-19, while ensuring it continues to accomplish its mission – which is not an easy task. We commend MINUSMA, along with the G5 Sahel Joint Force and international security forces, for their critical work during this challenging time.
Mr. President, I want to recognize the progress that has been made over recent months to meet benchmarks of the Algiers Peace Accord, including the redeployment of reconstituted elements of the Malian armed forces to Northern Mali; a high-level workshop on women’s participation in the peace process; and recent legislative elections. However, despite these examples of progress, the security situation continues to deteriorate, gross human rights abuses against civilians continue to be committed, and the Algiers Accord remains far from being fully implemented.
As we approach MINUSMA’s mandate renewal in June, the Council needs to reflect on why the situation has continued to deteriorate so rapidly, and what changes should be made to the mandate to more effectively achieve MINUSMA’s objectives. The new mandate must further encourage the Government of Mali and the signatory armed groups to swiftly implement the 2015 Algiers Peace Agreement, so that MINUSMA can begin its eventual exit.
The United States is committed to helping bring about peace, security, and a brighter future for the people of Mali, the Sahel, and West Africa. Included in this commitment is our dedication to helping the UN and Mali counter the threat of COVID-19.
MINUSMA has reached a critical juncture, and we must now determine what the mission can realistically accomplish in the face of a growing terrorist threat that is both asymmetric and kinetic. I look forward to working with the members of the Council between now and June to develop an approach that can deliver a lasting peace and stability all Malians deserve.