1 October 2014
Djibril Bassolé Yipènè, Foreign Minister of Burkina Faso said that in the Sahel region, armed conflicts become more complex and are radicalised because of the emergence of violent extremism and terrorism, which are closely associated with organised crime, particularly in the areas of drug trafficking, arms trafficking and human trafficking. (more…)
Source: UN News Centre | At UN debate, African leaders say global sustainability agenda must reflect local realities
18 July 2013
In a statement delivered, the UN Security Council emphasised the importance of increased regional and international cooperation and coordination to combat security threats in the Sahel, West Africa and the Maghreb.
According to the statement, interregional cooperation, including information sharing, is needed to combat the threats posed by terrorist groups, transnational crime, and drug trafficking effectively and in an integrated manner. The Council moreover expressed its concerns over the alarming situation in the Sahel where armed conflict, proliferation of arms and drug trafficking with links to terrorist groups pose serious threats to peace and security.
Source: UN News Centre | Security Council calls for cooperation to combat terrorist threats in the Sahel