Permanent Mission of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the United Nations


Ramírez: Expansion of terrorism has exacerbated instability in the Sahel


We would like to stress that the focus must be on sustainable development in the region, not on a purely military perspective. Not addressing the structural causes of the conflicts will only lead to more violence

New York 25th November 2015.-On Friday, at a Security Council meeting on the integrated strategy for the Sahel, Rafael Ramírez, Permanent Representative of Venezuela to the United Nations emphasised that "Venezuela has already expressed its concern to this body about armed violence, the spread of terrorism, and the destruction of the Libyan State’s capacities that resulted from the military intervention of 2011, which has generated instability in the sub region and other areas of the world”.
Ramírez indicated that the civil population of Libya and Mali are those most affected by the political instability and the lack of security in the Sahel region.
“We are concerned that terrorist groups such as Boko Haram and Al Qaeda, among others, have intensified their operations in the Sahel region, bringing with them the inevitable consequences of the horror that they spread and an increase in the number of displaced people and refugees”.
The Venezuelan diplomat highlighted that, given the complex situation currently existing in Libya and Mali, priority has been given to efforts financing the security sector despite the critical socioeconomic needs suffered by the people of this region.
“While we acknowledge the advances made by the United Nations 2014-2016 Humanitarian Strategic Response Plan for the Sahel in responding to acute and chronic needs in the region, including capacity-building for Governments, we are concerned that humanitarian programmes in the Sahel continue to be underfunded. We therefore call on the international community to continue to commit itself to efforts mobilising resources in order to alleviate urgent humanitarian needs in the Sahel.”
Ramírez added that the African continent has historically been an objective of the colonialist ambitions of powerful nations interested in pillaging its natural wealth, which has cost its peoples suffering.