The International Support Mission in Mali, which will be backed by the United States and the European Union, is set to assist local authorities in retaking rebel-held towns in northern Mali and help restore the country’s unity. The mission’s initial mandate is one year.
Tennongovernmental organizations, however, are warning that any military operation in the country could further escalate violence and result to “an increase in humanitarian needs and the continued displacement of people.”
To avoid further complicating the humanitarian situation in the affected Mali regions, the groups urged the U.N. Security Council to ensure all military forces involved in the mission will be properly trained on international humanitarian, refugee and human rights law.
The groups, which include Oxfam, Care International, Christian Aid, the International Rescue Committee and World Vision International, also appealed for donors to provide the funding needed to address humanitarian needs in Mali. Donors should also be prepared to provide more if necessary, the groups said.
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