Mali: Vietnam calls on all concerned parties to consolidate trust and co-operation

Vietnam reaffirmed their support for the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Mali, taking note of the recent appointments of the President and Prime Minister of the Transitional Government, during a meeting of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on October 8.

Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy, head of the Vietnamese permanent mission to the UN speaks at a meeting of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). Source: VOV

Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy, head of the Vietnamese permanent mission to the UN, speaking on behalf of ASEAN member states Vietnam and Indonesia, reiterated both nations’ support for the solidarity, independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity of Mali.

Both Vietnam and Indonesia called for a comprehensive approach aimed at dealing with security and humanitarian challenges, in addition to promoting socio-economic development in the West African nation. Indeed, they have kept a close watch on the ongoing situation there and recognise the appointment of both the President and the Prime Minister of the transition Government, Ambassador Quy said.

Given the ever-worsening situation in Mali caused by growing terrorism and extreme violence, the Vietnamese diplomat called on all concerned parties to consolidate trust and co-operation to resolve existing differences, stressing the need for the continued and full implementation of the 2015 Peace and Reconciliation Agreement.

Ambassador Quy therefore expressed his strong support for efforts made by the UN, the African Union (AU), the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), and the international community to push ahead with the process of transition and stability in the West African nation.

The success of the transition to civilian rule depends on building mutual trust among Malian parties, including the meaningful participation of women in that process. He also stressed the importance of a coherent and integrated approach to security and development, which also addresses climate change.

During the first face-to-face meeting of the UNSC held since March, Mahamat Saleh Annadif, special representative of the UN Secretary-General and head of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), briefed participants on the current state of Mali.

 

Annadif expressed that it is now time for Malian residents and relevant parties to unite for the cause of peace and security, whilst building on sustainable development to improve the country.

“Now, with the lifting of sanctions, there is every reason to hope for a successful political transition,” he went on. Such a process will depend on the implementation of political, administrative and electoral reforms as laid out in the transitional charter. Indeed, the latest developments in Mali present an opportunity for its people “to emerge from the hellish cycle […] of coup d’états, one after another”. In that vein, he urged the international community to lend its full support, declaring: “The transition’s success is within reach, and the ball remains in the court of the Malian people.”

MINUSMA stands poised to help Mali and its citizens fulfill these goals, he pledged.

A number of participating countries also underscored the need to ensure that humanitarian activities run smoothly, whilst simultaneously assisting Mali in their fight against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and strive for greater sustainable development.

Minh Nguyen