18 July 2013
UN Security Council calls for interregional cooperation to combat threats in the Sahel
In a statement delivered, the UN Security Council emphasised the importance of increased regional and international cooperation and coordination to combat security threats in the Sahel, West Africa and the Maghreb.
According to the statement, interregional cooperation, including information sharing, is needed to combat the threats posed by terrorist groups, transnational crime, and drug trafficking effectively and in an integrated manner. The Council moreover expressed its concerns over the alarming situation in the Sahel where armed conflict, proliferation of arms and drug trafficking with links to terrorist groups pose serious threats to peace and security.