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"In the Sahel, Nigeria and Somalia, terrorism is a serious threat for regional stability and, beyond that, for international peace and security," said Gérard Araud, the Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations.
As a participant in a high-level debate about the challenges of the fight against terrorism in Africa, Mr. Araud described the Sahel as one of the places where the threat is most imminent and consistent, that's why "France has made (it) one its priority."
Though "the intervention of French and African forces has reduced the threat," the situation is still fragile because of residual elements who showed particular resilience. On Mali, the French official reminded his country's intervention occurred on the official request of the Malian government and with the unanimous support of the international community with the adoption of the United Nations resolution 2100 (2013).
Beyond the Sahel, there are Somalia of which a large portion of its territory is still controled by the Al-Shabaab and Nigeria where Boko Haram "continues to pursue its attempts to destabilize the government," Mr. Araud explained.
Despite efforts, and the French ongoing military operation "Serval" that showed even a country on the brink of collapse could be saved eventually, the international community must "remind terrorists on a daily basis that we are not lowering our guard," Mr. Araud concluded.
Recently, the UN adopted a Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy and set up specific Sanctions Committees.
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