May 17, (Xinhua/GNA) - A Chinese
envoy has told the UN Security Council that it was necessary to step up the
support for the G5 Sahel joint force.
In a council
meeting on the peace and security in Africa, Ma Zhaoxu, China's permanent
representative to the UN, said that the joint force had resumed operations as
of earlier this year, overcoming many difficulties such as the deteriorating
security situation and the lack of operational capacity and equipment.
showed the determination of the regional countries to advance the development
of the joint force," he added.
envoy called on the international community to provide continuing support to
the joint force, adding that the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization
Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) should, in accordance with relevant agreements,
continue to provide the joint force with the support package.
China backs the
United Nations' necessary financial support for the G5 Sahel joint force, he
The MINUSMA was
established in 2013 in order to support political processes in Mali, to ensure
security, stabilization and protection of civilians and to promote human rights
in the African country.
In 2017, five
Sahel nations, Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, Chad and Mauritania, set up the joint
force with the aim to roll back terrorism and lawlessness in the aftermath of a
Tuareg separatist uprising in northern Mali in 2012.