UN peacekeeping official briefs UNSC on the security situation in Sahel

On 18 May, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations of United Nations told delegates at the United Nations that the fight against armed groups in the Sahel has intensified since late 2020.  He described the Joint Force first deployed in 2017 by the “Group of Five” (G-5) Sahel countries – Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger – as a vital part of the security response in the region.  

Describing efforts to respond to the ‘ever more challenging’ environment, Lacroix said today that the Joint Force also faces major challenges in its operational and logistical capacities, such as transport and providing supplies to its troops. 

Lacroix also welcomed the G-5 Sahel’s demonstration of commitment to investigating and prosecuting serious allegations of sexual violence, reportedly committed by some of its troops.  

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