CHAMBAS BRIEF UNSC ON VIOLENCE IN WEST AFRICA

EYEAFRICA TV: New York, USA: The special United nations Special Representative for West Africa and the Sahel has described the recent violence and attack against the Inates military camp in Niger as horrific and unprecedented.

Mohammed Ibn Chambers was recently addressing a Security council meeting on intercommunual violence and terrorism in west Africa in New York.

The forum was organised by the United states and Cote d’ivoire, which holds the security council presidency for the month of December.

The meeting according to UN officials was to highlight the underlying issues that contribute to the intercommunual conflict and violence extremism throughout west Africa and to identify ways and means the council can address the root causes.

Addressing the council the Ghanaian born top UN diplomat  said the incidents in the region show how terrorism,  organised crime and intercommunual violence can easily intertwine. He stressed that “it is essential to avoid confusion and distinguish among the driver of this violence “, including governance deficit, poor management of natural resources,  marginalisation, corruption and broader failure of governments to deliver it’s core functions.

It could be recalled this meeting came bearly weeks after the terrorist attack a military garrison in Inates, a village near the Malian border which left 71 soldiers dead in Niger.

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