United Nations-United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres told AFP on Thursday that he fears that the return of the Taliban in Afghanistan to power will encourage influential jihadist armed groups in the Sahel because he calls for strengthening “security mechanisms” in the region. .
In an interview, Guterres said, “I am worried about the psychological and practical impact of what happened in Afghanistan on the Sahel region.” “There is a real danger. These terrorist organizations may be passionate about what happened and have ambitions beyond what was thought a few months ago.”
Guterres stated that “strengthening the security mechanism in the Sahel is crucial” because “this is the most important weakness and must be addressed.”
“It’s not just Mali, Burkina or Niger. Now we have infiltrated the Ivory Coast of Ghana,” he added.
He pointed out that France will reduce its presence in the area and cited news reports that Chad hopes to withdraw some troops from the border areas around Burkina Faso, Niger and Mali.
“This is why I am striving to establish an African counter-terrorism force authorized under Chapter 7. [which provides for the use of force] Security Council and dedicated funding, which can guarantee a response to the threat level,” he added.
He said: “I am worried today that the international community and countries in the region are not able to respond to threats enough.”
For several years, the United Nations Secretary-General has been working hard to give the G5 Sahel forces — Chad, Mauritania, Mali, Niger, and Burkina Faso — a UN mandate, while also receiving collective funding from this world agency.
France supports Guterres, but the United States, the major financial donor to the United Nations, rejected this move.
“This obstruction must be ended. It is absolutely essential,” the Secretary-General said.
He said he was worried that the “death” fanatic groups would “disintegrate” the army in front of these types of fighters.
“We saw this in Mosul, Iraq and Mali when we first advanced to Bamako, and we saw it in Mozambique,” he said. “This danger is real, and we must seriously consider its impact on the threat of terrorism and the way the international community must organize to face this threat.”