(Ecofin Agency) - Yesterday May 23, the United States rejected a proposal by the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, to set up a direct funding for the G5 Sahel force, Deutsche Welle reports.
According to the information revealed, the direct financing aimed at reducing the force’s dependency on donations from member and partner countries. This was to enable it accelerate the establishment of an operational budget to effectively commence activities.
US political coordinator Amy Tachco told the Security Council that the US rejected in principle any direct UN mandate or funding for the force.
For the record, the G5 Sahel force which gathers 5 countries and about 5,000 soldiers, aims among others to fight jihadists and human traffickers within the region. But this organization is still suffering from a lack of funding to equip troops and set up needed logistics for an effective intervention.
Let’s recall that since the force was set, donor countries have committed $500 million but the funding was yet to come.
Moutiou Adjibi Nourou