Luxembourg’s Defense Minister, François Bausch (déi Gréng), has a signed a letter of assist with the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Operational Support, Atul Kahre, for the provision of satellite capacities to the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), as part of Luxembourg’s contribution to complement the organisation’s effort towards peace and security in Mali.
According to the letter signed on Monday at the UN Headquarters in NewYork, Luxembourg will offer MINUSMA GOVSAT satellite transmission capacities which will connect the regional posts such as Kidal, Timbuktu, Gao and Mopti to the headquarters in Bamako.
“From February 2020, Luxembourg will offer MINUSMA GOVSAT satellite transmission capacities enabling the regional posts (Kidal, Tombuctu, Gao and Mopti) to be linked to the headquarters in Bamako (capital of Mali). This contribution will significantly increase security in the mission,” a statement issued by Luxembourg’s Defence Directorate reads in part.
Commenting on the assist, François Bausch said he was pleased with the development as it can offer the United Nations the means to exercise with greater security the mandate entrusted to it.
“The Luxembourg contribution, which is not simply of a pecuniary nature, will make a real difference for the security of all allies in the MINUSMA mission, ” he said.
Furthermore, Luxembourg will also provide a satellite terminal so that troops can remain in contact with their commanders as the Malian government had earlier stated that jihadist attacks had in the past caused communication interruptions. The new contribution is expected to help circumvent such situations.
Earlier, the Luxembourgian parliament had approved the assignment of two Luxembourg military personnel in charge of mobile satellite communications to the military force headquarters in Bamako. Parliament said that Luxembourg will also be responsible for installing and keeping the satellite equipment operational. A further two people will be deployed for two to four weeks to install the satellite terminals.
The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) was created by the United Nations Security Council by its resolution 2100 of April 25, 2013, in the context of the deterioration of the security situation in Mali. The Mission has been renewed annually since. According to its current mandate (resolution 2364 (2017)), the main strategic priority of the Mission remains support for the implementation by the Malian government, armed groups and other Malian stakeholders, of the Agreement peace and reconciliation in Mali.
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