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On July 16, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) expressed concern over the "alarming situation" in the Sahel, where terrorist organizations, including Al Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) and the Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa, pose a "growing threat".
In order to develop "inclusive and effective strategies" to combat these threats in "a comprehensive and integrated manner," said the informal meeting's chairwoman Ambassador Rosemary DiCarlo of the United States, there is need for "a coherent, comprehensive and coordinated approach encompassing governance, security, humanitarian, human rights and developmental aspects."
Welcoming the deployment of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) on July 1, the UNSC also requested the UN Office for West Africa (UNOWA) "to establish an effective and detailed coordination mechanism to prioritize activities and to ensure coordinated implementation by the United Nations System of the UN Strategy."
In May, Gérard Araud, the Permanent Representative of France to the UN, had described the Sahel as one of the places where the threat is most imminent and consistent, explaining why "France has made (it) one of its priorities."
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