[At-Large] Message for ALS in Mali!

Hawa Diakite hawadiakite at gmail.com
Wed Sep 26 21:34:00 UTC 2012

Salanieta thank you again for all his thoughts toward us, God bless you.

The situation is serious and we live with fear, but with your prayers we do
not despair.


2012/9/26 Salanieta T. Tamanikaiwaimaro <
salanieta.tamanikaiwaimaro at gmail.com>

> Dear All,
> The current violent extremism happening in Mali will no doubt impact on the
> ALS in Mali which is in this instance ISOC Mali. There is a lot of
> displacement and food crises and our thoughts continue to be with you.
> It is also great to see countries like the US provide funds to assist Mali
> in this hard times. We hope the ALS ISOC Mali and its members are well.
> Remarks at a UN Secretary General Meeting on the Sahel
> Remarks
> Hillary Rodham Clinton
> Secretary of State
> United Nations
> New York City
> September 26, 2012
> ------------------------------
> Secretary General, thank you for calling this meeting and co-chairing it
> along with so many distinguished heads of state and government and
> ministers and excellencies. And let me recognize the leadership of
> President Hollande. I think we all respond to President Hollande’s sense of
> urgency and passion, and therefore, it is imperative that we leave this
> special high-level meeting resolved to immediately get to work. And it is
> the work that should begin in the Security Council to consider the various
> proposals by ECOWAS, France, and others because the chaos and violence in
> Mali does threaten to undermine the stability of the entire region. We all
> know too well what is happening in Mali, and the incredible danger posed by
> violent extremists imposing their brutal ideology, committing human rights
> abuses, destroying irreplaceable cultural heritage.
> But it’s not only the violent extremists. We now have drug traffickers and
> arms smugglers finding safe havens and porous borders, providing them a
> launching pad to extend their reach throughout not only the region, but
> beyond. And nearly 500,000 people have been displaced from their homes, and
> 4.5 million more are suffering from dwindling food supplies. This is not
> only a humanitarian crisis; it is a powder keg that the international
> community cannot afford to ignore.
> The United States supports the appointment of a senior UN envoy empowered
> to lead a comprehensive international effort on Mali and the creation of a
> diplomatic core group. This effort must include coordinating the delivery
> of emergency aid, helping address longstanding political grievances of
> ethnic groups in the north, and preparing for credible elections. We need
> to bring together all of the nations affected, and I appreciated President
> Yayi’s very strong statement about what is at stake for the countries of
> the region, and also his speaking on behalf of the African Union. The
> African Union must be at the table, ECOWAS must be at the table, because
> these are complex and interconnected security, political, and humanitarian
> challenges.
> The United States has already provided more than $378 million to meet the
> escalating humanitarian needs in the Sahel, and we call on all parties to
> ensure unhindered access so that emergency aid meets those who need it
> most. We encourage fellow donors to increase their pledges and follow
> through quickly and fully. The need is urgent and growing.
> It is also critical for all the actors in the region to redouble their
> efforts to develop a sound approach to tackling what is happening coming
> over their borders. We have to train the security forces in Mali, help them
> dislodge the extremists, protect human rights, and defend borders. We have
> seen the success of African-led efforts to do just that in Somalia and in
> Cote d’Ivoire and elsewhere. We need to now get about the business of
> examining seriously proposals to do the same. Because in the end, only a
> democratically elected government will have the legitimacy to achieve a
> negotiated political settlement in Northern Mali, end the rebellion, and
> restore the rule of law. So it is imperative that the interim government
> meet the April deadline for holding elections that are fair, transparent,
> and free of influence by the military junta. And all parties must do more
> to protect human rights and punish abuses.
> But let us be clear. What is happening inside Mali is augmented by the
> rising threat from violent extremism across the region. For some time,
> al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb and other groups have launched attacks and
> kidnappings from northern Mali into neighboring countries. Now, with a
> larger safe haven and increased freedom to maneuver, terrorists are seeking
> to extend their reach and their networks in multiple directions. And they
> are working with other violent extremists to undermine the democratic
> transitions underway in North Africa, as we tragically saw in Benghazi.
> This is a threat to the entire region and to the world, and most
> particularly, to the people in the region themselves who deserve better.
> They deserve better from their leaders and they deserve better from the
> international community. The United States is stepping up our
> counterterrorism efforts across the Maghreb and Sahel, and we’re working
> with the Libyan Government and other partners to find those responsible for
> the attack on our diplomatic post in Benghazi and bring them to justice.
> But we are also expanding our counterterrorism partnerships to help
> countries meet their own growing threats. We’re taking aim at the support
> structure of al-Qaida and its affiliates – closing safe havens, cutting off
> finances, countering their ideology and denying them recruits. Let me
> mention briefly three initiatives.
> First, our Trans-Sahara Counterterrorism Partnership is now helping build
> the capacity of 10 countries across the region, providing training and
> support so they can tighten border security, disrupt terrorist networks,
> and prevent attacks. This program brings together civilian, law
> enforcement, and military experts to pursue a comprehensive approach to
> counterterrorism.
> Second, we are expanding our work with civil society organizations in
> specific terrorist hotspots – particular villages, prisons, and schools –
> trying to disrupt the process of radicalization by creating jobs, promoting
> religious tolerance, amplifying the voices of the victims of terrorism.
> And third, we are working with our partners to reform security services and
> strengthen the rule of law. For example, Tunisia has agreed to host a new
> international training center that will help police, prosecutors, and other
> criminal justice officials across the region move away from the repressive
> approaches that helped fuel radicalization in the past, and instead develop
> strategies grounded in the rule of law and respect for human rights.
> Ultimately, our perspective is that strengthening democratic institutions
> must be at the heart of our counterterrorism strategy. It is democracies
> that offer their citizens constructive outlets for political grievances,
> create opportunities for upward mobility and prosperity, and are clear
> alternatives to violent extremism. And their success offers a powerful
> rejection of the extremist ideology of hate and violence as we also saw in
> Benghazi last week.
> So all this work, from meeting the humanitarian crisis in the Sahel to
> bringing stability back to Mali to combating violent extremism across the
> region is a shared responsibility. And there is no place where that shared
> responsibility can be actualized other than the United Nations. So in the
> days and weeks ahead, I look forward to deepening our cooperation and
> accelerating our common action. I personally don’t believe we have any time
> to waste.
> Thank you. (Applause.)
> *Ends*
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