- The West Africa region has seen several positive advances in recent months, including the conduct of peaceful elections, while the situation in the region remains fragile, the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon,’s latest report has said.
The report by the UN Chief however said drug trafficking, sea piracy and the proliferation of small arms continues to affect the safety of the west African countries. However, he also admits that there has been progress in the areas of post conflict recovery and stability.
Mr Ban said that the situation of global peace and security has continued to improve in the last six months in the region, saying despite the devastating internal and external factors, such as the financial crisis and food insecurity, West Africa has recorded positive steps.
The UN Secretary-General emphasises, however, that progress in the areas of good governance and rule of law remain weak and may suffer a setback.
Among the threats facing the region, Mr Ban stressed organised crime, illegal activities and climate change.
The document cites drug trafficking, human trafficking, sea piracy and the proliferation of small arms as a major concern for the region that could also threaten its stability.
He said in the report that coups are also illegal acts, representing a serious threat to the democratisation process in the region.
The UN Chief’s reports will be discussed this month by the Security Council.
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