CEN-SAD favours turning MISMA into UN mission
The summit, which was held Saturday in N’Djamena (Chad) with a dozen heads of states including Malian President Dioncounda Traore and his Chadian counterpart Omar al-Bashir in attendance also approved the CEN-SAD General Secretariat’s allocation of CFA 500 million to the AFISMA, the final statement of the meeting revealed.
The conference, which was convened by Idriss Deby Itno, the Chadian leader, who is also the incumbent president of CEN-SAD, called on all member states to continue providing support to the ongoing political, diplomatic and military bids aimed at restoring stability to Mali and prosecuting the campaign against terrorism and transnational organised crime across the Sahel region.
CEN-SAD rejected any action undermining Mali’s territorial integrity and national unity, welcoming UN Secretary General Special Envoy for the Sahel Romano Prodi’s plan for security and development in the Sahel, and urged financial institutions to provide the necessary backing for its implementation.
Prodi recently announced that a fund has been set up to help countries in the region affected by the instability in Mali.
The UN-established fund is “to help the region align the Sahel at least to the development level enjoyed by the rest of Africa” Prodi said.
Among 28 states that took part in the summit, 24 signed the revised treaty of the sub-regional body.
However, the treaty requires ratification by at least fifteen states before it could enter into force.
Meeting on the eve of the summit, experts had focused on these issues, advocating for and giving insights into overhauling CEN-SAD to face the new political and security challenges in the Sahel region.
Established on 4 February 1998 in Tripoli (Libya), the Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD) groups 28 member states, and aims to set up a comprehensive economic union and remove all restrictions undermining the integration of its members.