UN: West Africa's troubled Sahel region 'alarming'

AP News
Posted: Dec 12, 2013 1:39 PM

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council is calling the situation in West Africa's troubled Sahel region "alarming" and is strongly condemning recent terrorist attacks there.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon briefed the council Thursday on his visit to the region last month with the president of the World Bank. The bank and the European Union pledged $8.25 billion to boost economic growth and fight poverty there.

Concerns remain high about the movement of terrorist groups and drug traffickers across the vast region's porous borders. The recent violence in Mali is one worry.

The council adopted a nonbinding presidential statement urging Sahel states to improve regional cooperation on this issue.

The statement also praises the work of the council's al-Qaida Sanctions Committee in reaching out to Sahel and North Africa states for future collaboration.