UN Security Council appeals for cooperation in the Sahel to fight terrorism
The United Nations Security Council has appealed for increased cooperation between countries in north Africa, West Africa and in the Sahel region, in efforts aimed at fighting the growing threat posed by terrorist groups. The appeal was contained in a statement released on Tuesday by the Presidency of the Security Council. The statement said interregional cooperation and coordination would help develop important strategies such as sharing information and close cooperation. The Council expressed concern over the alarming situation in the Sahel, where terrorist organizations, including Al Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb and the Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa, and reiterated its strong condemnation of recent terrorist attacks perpetrated in the region, especially in Mali. The Security Council also expressed concern over the serious threats to peace and security posed by armed conflict, the trafficking of arms, transnational organized crime including illicit activities such as drug trafficking in the Sahel region and its increasing links with terrorism.