The PSC undertook its first joint mission to Mali, together with the European Union Political and Security Committee. This mission highlighted the importance of joint action and set a precedent for similar field visits in the future.
On 3 March the PSC reviewed and adopted the Concept of Operations of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) to combat Boko Haram. The decision to launch the MNJTF was taken at the PSC Summit on 29 January 2015.
Disagreement between the United Nations and the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has led to a rift over the forced disarmament of the FDLR rebel group in the eastern DRC. The DRC has now proceeded to attack the FDLR without the help of the UN. Somalia is striving for political stability through its Vision 2016. Internal divisions within the government, however, hamper this process. Violence also continues in Somalia despite progress made in the fight against the radical al-ÂShabaab militants.
Former Burundian president Pierre Buyoya, the High Representative of the African Union for Mali and the Sahel, comments on the current peace process in Mali.