In a recent report submitted to the UN Security Council, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said that the United Nations (UN) peacekeeping force in Mali must remain in the country and that too at its current strength.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said that the presence of the mission remained crucial and its mandate remained relevant, given the complexity of the challenges in the country. In his quarterly report, UN Chief suggested that the mandate of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) be extended for another year, until June 30, 2021, at the current overall strength.
The mandate for the force of more than 13,000 military and police personnel expires on June 30. The UN will vote on a resolution to extend MINUSMA on June 29.
“The human rights and humanitarian situations remain of deep concern,” Guterres said. He called for the implementation of a 2015 peace agreement to be accelerated and perpetrators of violence in the region to be brought to justice.