The Federal Republic of Germany officially strengthens its participation in the Trust Fund for Peace and Security in Mali with a new contribution of $ 2.11 million, or more than FCFA 1.250 billion. This support was confirmed during a ceremony held on December 6 in MINUSMAHeadquarters in Bamako, Mali. The funds will be used to continue the rehabilitation works of the runway of the aerodrome in the city of Kidal.
As part of the German government‘s support for peace and security in Mali, the rehabilitation of the Kidal airstrip will play a major role in ensuring the sustainable use of this infrastructure, essential for the deployment of troops and the delivery of equipment to the North. from Mali. Therefore, this contribution is essential for the implementation of MINUSMAmandate and opening up of the region.
These funds will also be used to support two gendarmerie brigades in Mougna & Somadougou in the circle of Mopti (Center of Mali), the intervention and surveillance platoon of the gendarmerie in Gao, and a citizens’ initiative for the consolidation of peace and the political leadership of women in the north and central Mali.
This new contribution from Germany to the Trust Fund administered by MINUSMA will also strengthen the functional and operational capacities of the National Gendarmerie in order to promote the gradual redeployment of the Malian Security Forces (MSF), the restoration of state authority and the return of basic social services. It is also an opportunity to restore the image of the MSF and strengthen the protection of civilians in the Commune of Mougna. At the same time, the operational capacities of the Gao Gendarmerie Task Force, a special unit mainly dedicated to the fight against terrorism, organized crime and trafficking throughout the Gao region as well as surveillance and intelligence in the region, will be strengthened.
Since 2013, the Federal Republic of Germany has provided total financial support of almost $ 31.6 million. Previous contributions have provided considerable support in the area of security, including the operationalization of the Operational Coordination Mechanism (MOC) in Gao, the rehabilitation of the runway at Gao airport and the project MOC sites in Kidal and Timbuktu.
The United Nations Trust Fund in Support of Peace and Security in Mali was established at the request of the Security Council (Resolution 2085 (2012)) to support the efforts of the Government of Mali to cope to the crisis and ensure the country’s long-term development prospects, such as the return of state authority, constitutional order, promotion of national dialogue, security sector reform, regional cooperation , human rights, support for elections, the process of disarmament-demobilization-reintegration and socio-economic projects.
Australia, Canada, Australia, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, Turkey and United Kingdom are the main contributors to the Trust Fund.
Distributed by APO Group on behalf of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA).
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