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73rd UN General Assembly: Pessimism Hovers Over African Issues

Heads of State begin arriving Monday, September 24 for the 73rd UN General Assembly. They will succeed each other in the rostrum from Tuesday, with the opening of the general debate. The opportunity for them to conduct series of bilateral consultations. The week begins this Monday with a “Nelson Mandela Summit for Global Peace”. The chairman of the African Union commission, the South African president and even the former wife of the late Nobel laureate, Graça Machel, should speak at the opening. The final declaration, negotiated since last May, should be limited to a declaration of good intention calling on member states “to redouble their efforts for peace”. So this week there will be peace talks, peacekeeping operations and the crises that are shaking the continent.

”  There is no more multilateralism, only states that only see their immediate interests  ,” laments an African ambassador.


Mali, the  G5 Sahel , had been pushed by Paris at the top of the agenda of the previous General Assembly. But since last year, very little has advanced, a simple meeting at ministerial level is scheduled on Wednesday: the G5 Sahel is just beginning to receive the funds promised at the Brussels donors conference and the prospect of sustainability of the The funding of this force via the United Nations is moving away, it is said, because of a refusal of the United States. It is also unlikely to have an agreement on strengthening the mandate of the Minusma in Mali.

For the Central African Republic and the  Minusca , it is also difficult to hope in Thursday’s closed session for a reinforcement of the capabilities of this mission, however much criticized, says a UN source, both the French and the Russians are at loggerheads. On the Paris side, it is said that a common approach will be unveiled this week.

The DRC refuses to participate in an event around  Monusco  and the crisis in his country, scheduled for Friday. The United Nations could simply cancel it.


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