UN Chief appoints new special envoy in Mali

UN Chief appoints new special envoy to Mali to implement peace deal amid security challenges

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

UN chief Ban Ki-moon appoints new head of struggling Mali mission

UN Secretary-General Ban ki-moon has appointed a new special envoy to Mali on Wednesday to implement peace agreements amid the intensified violence by warring factions.

Mahamat Saleh Annadif, the former foreign minister of Chad was appointed by Ban Ki-moon to lead the 10,000-strong MINUSMA force, which has confronted difficulties including the highest rate of loss in the peacekeeping forces, a statement reported.

The new appointed special envoy would replace Mongi Hamdi of Tunisia, who will complete his duty next month.

Militants affiliated with Al Qaeda took control of Mali’s desert north in 2012. Though in the following year, the militants were scattered by a French military intervention, but violence has intensified this year, escalating beyond the northern bases.

MINUSMA does not have an anti-terror mandate, though it can raid on any potential militant capable of posing threat to peace in the country.

Last Month, militants launched an attack on a luxury hotel in the capital city, Bamako and killed at least 20 people with foreigners among the victims. Earlier this month, three people were killed during a rocket attack at the town of Gao. 

TRTWorld and agencies