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UN Security Council Condemned terrorist attacks on UN mission in Mali

Members of the UN Security Council headed by Council’s President, US Ambassador Nikki Haley

New York–– The United Nations Security Council on Monday slammed “in the strongest terms” the terrorist attacks on the sites of the UN mission in Mali, which killed more than nine people.

The Security Council members also called on the Malian government to rapidly examine those attacks and bring the perpetrators to justice, said the council in a published release.

The council members underlined that attacks targeting peacekeepers may constitute war crimes under international law.

The United Nations Security Council meets to discuss the global security situation 

The council members echoed their full support for Minusma and the French forces that support it. They restated their robust support for the special representative of the UN secretary-general for Mali, Mahamat Saleh Annadif, and for Minusma to assist the Malian authorities and the Malian people in their efforts to bring lasting peace and stability to their country.

The council members voiced their concern about the security situation in Mali and urged all parties in Mali to fully implement the Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation in the country without further delay.

They observed that a full execution of the peace agreement and an augmentation of efforts to overcome disproportionate threats can contribute to improving the security situation across Mali.

The Security Council members regurgitated that terrorism in all its forms and indices constitutes one of the most unsmiling threats to international peace and security, urging all states to oppose terrorism.

The attacks on the camps of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (Minusma) in Douenza and Timbuktu in Mali killed a UN peacekeeper from Togo, a Malian soldier, a member of the Malian gendarmerie as well as six Malian contractors. Several others were wounded, including a UN peacekeeper.

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Paul Stevens

Paul Stevens is a researcher, media issues analyst and senior contributor with Globe Afrique.

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