"Mr. President, the international and peacekeeping forces alone will not solve the security crisis in the region. This is why it’s critical to work on the long-term goal of fully operationalizing the G5 Sahel Joint Force. The United States recognizes this and thus far has committed approximately $111 million dollars to G5 Sahel states to fill capability gaps through equipment, training, and advisory support."
- Ambassador Jonathan Cohen
"The United States thanks Council members for their efforts to ensure that UNISFA is appropriately configured for the current security situation in Abyei, creating space for the parties to seek a political solution to outstanding disputes. The Council has shown its commitment to helping Sudan, South Sudan and, most importantly, the people of Abyei find lasting peace, security, and stability. The changes in this mandate are modest, but they are important."
- Ambassador Jonathan Cohen
"We remain deeply concerned about the abductions issue and North Korea’s egregious human rights record. We are committed to raising international awareness regarding Pyongyang’s continuing abuses and violations, increasing access to independent information, and promoting respect for human rights in the DPRK, including by continuing to shine a light here at the UN on its violations and abuses."
"We remain concerned about abuses that human traffickers and smugglers have perpetrated against migrants, refugees, and asylum-seekers in Libya. We support efforts to hold these individuals, including government officials found to be complicit, accountable. The United States will continue to work to end impunity for human rights abuses, including the persistent problem of human smuggling and trafficking that has plagued the region.
"Bosnia and Herzegovina has several opportunities on the immediate horizon to achieve its goals and strengthen its relationship with the Euro-Atlantic community. We are pleased that Bosnia and Herzegovina is completing the necessary steps towards EU candidacy. Separately, in December, NATO Allies agreed to allow Bosnia and Herzegovina to submit its first Annual National Program, proving that progress toward Western integration is possible by making difficult, but necessary, reforms.
"Our commitment to effective development and delivery of peacekeeping training and capacity-building is long-standing. And our efforts are working. Police trained in conjunction with the United States regularly pass UN pre-deployment assessments, and U.S.-trained Rwandan police units, in both UNMISS and MINUSCA, received UN Medals of Service Excellence in recognition of their leadership and efforts to protect civilians, qualities we should demand from all deploying uniformed personnel.
“While the political situations in Khartoum and Juba remain fluid, warming relations between Sudan and South Sudan and a stabilized security environment indicates that there is great potential for these two countries to capitalize on shared interests along their border and work together to resolve border disputes.”
- Rodney Hunter