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Boko Haram insurgency has stepped up its attacks in the Lake Chad Basin, UNOWA.

NEW YORK (CyHAN)- Reporting on the situation in West Africa, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the region expressed continued concern about Boko Haram and the security and humanitarian conditions in the Lake Chad Basin area.

Mohamed Ibn Chambas, who is also the Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa (UNOWA), also warned about "continuing risks of instability in several West African nations, in the lead up to their presidential elections later in the year" as well as trans-national organized crime and the Ebola Virus Disease which "still remain a matter of serious concern in spite of continuing national, regional and international efforts to curb these threats."

Since May, Chambas said, "the Boko Haram insurgency has stepped up its attacks and violence in the Lake Chad Basin Area mainly against civilian targets, leading to new deterioration of the security and humanitarian situations."

He noted that "although the structure and capacity for conventional warfare of Boko Haram has been destroyed, the terror group continues to perpetrate violent attacks and rampages in Nigeria but also Niger and Chad."

With regard to the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak, the Special Representative said that "despite significant achievements", Guinea and Sierra Leone "are yet to attain zero case situations."

Most worrisome, he added, is that, "after declaring a zero case situation on 9 May, Liberia has detected three new cases; the last was confirmed on 28 June."

He expressed particular concern about the "sensitive political context" in Guinea, which holds presidential elections later in the year.

STORY: UN / CHAMBAS WEST AFRICA

SOURCE: UNIFEED-UNTV

RESTRICTIONS: NONE

LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 7 JULY 2015, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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4. SOUNDBITE (English) Mohamed Ibn Chambas, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa (UNOWA):

"The general picture in West Africa today is that of, first, continuous concerns regarding the security situation in the Lake Chad Basin area and its humanitarian impact, in spite of progress made by the affected countries in the fight against Boko Haram; second, continuing risks of instability in several West African nations, in the lead up to their presidential elections later in the year, following the resounding success in the Nigerian electoral process; Lastly, trans-national organized crime and the Ebola Virus Disease still remain a matter of serious concern in spite of continuing national, regional and international efforts to curb these threats."

5. Med shot, delegates

6. SOUNDBITE (English) Mohamed Ibn Chambas, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa (UNOWA):

"Since May, the Boko Haram insurgency has stepped up its attacks and violence in the Lake Chad Basin Area mainly against civilian targets, leading to new deterioration of the security and humanitarian situations. Although the structure and capacity for conventional warfare of Boko Haram has been destroyed, the terror group continues to perpetrate violent attacks and rampages in Nigeria but also Niger and Chad, as illustrated in recent weeks."

7. Med shot, delegates

8. SOUNDBITE (English) Mohamed Ibn Chambas, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa (UNOWA):

"Despite significant achievements in the fight against Ebola, Guinea and Sierra Leone are yet to attain zero case situations. Most worrisome is that, after declaring a zero case situation on 9 May, Liberia has detected three new cases; the last was confirmed on 28 June. There have been remarkable examples of solidarity between the neighbors in facing the Ebola crisis. With the epidemics still alive, and in a sensitive political context especially in Guinea, the resources in place since 2014, including UNMEER's, remain essential towards achieving the goal of zero Ebola case."

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