The Secretary General of the United Nations has welcomed the decision of the Sahel (G5) to set up a joint force to combat terrorism and transnational organized crime.

In a statement signed by Farhan Haq, Deputy spokesperson for the Secretary General, the UN noted that welcoming the adoption on 21 June of resolution 2359 (2017) was only “the first step n support of the decision by the Group of Five for the Sahel (G5) to set up a joint force to combat terrorism and transnational organized crime, in coordination with national and other forces.”

The Secretary General then assured the African Union that it remains committed to the cause of achieving the objectives for which the resolution was adopted.

“The Secretary-General reiterates the commitment of the United Nations, working closely with the African Union and other partners, to do its utmost to help mobilise adequate resources for the attainment of the objectives of the Force as agreed by the leaders of the G5 and endorsed by the AU Peace and Security Council,” the statement said.

The Secretary-General’s statement finally noted that the adoption of the resolution coincided with the second anniversary of the 2015 Agreement on Peace and Reconciliation in Mali and called for a swift progress on the finalisation of the agreement.

“While welcoming the important progress made by the signatory parties, he underscores the need for expeditious progress on the remaining aspects of the agreement, with a view to consolidating and sustaining peace in Mali and the region,” the statement concluded.

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