The Ministerial Platform for the Coordination of Strategies in the Sahel, a UN body, on Friday ended its second meeting in Bamako by inviting Mali’s authorities to set up a formal framework for all-inclusive talks. While hailing the appointment of a High Representative in charge of talks, the meeting felt that the authorities also needed to create a formal framework for a national dialogue.
This new body should be established â€œas soon as possible and with the support of the international community, the meeting said in its resolutions.
Currently chaired by Mali, the Ministerial Platform is a body put in place by the UN to ensure the coordination of the various strategies and regional and international initiatives in the Sahel.
In that regard, the meeting welcomed the strategies developed so far by the African Union (AU), the European Union (EU), the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the United Nations.
The meeting also commended the assistance provided by the international funding institutions, notably the World Bank and the African Development Bank (AfDB) and Japan to the countries and Sahel populations.
Participants also strongly condemned the kidnapping of over 200 schoolgirls in the northeastern Nigerian town of Chibok by Boko Haram militants and expressed their solidarity with the victims’ families, as well as with the government and the people of Nigeria.
This second meeting of the platform, after the one held in November 2013 in Bamako was attended by the ministers of Mali, Guinea, Mauritania and Sudan, as well as senior representatives from Sahel countries and sub-regional, regional and international organizations, including financial bodies.
( Courtesy APA & AGENCIES …… Source …….. Our Freelance Contributor in Dakar)