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UN Security Council Condemns Attack on Mali Peacekeepers

UN Security Council Condemns Attack on Mali Peacekeepers

The United Nations Security Council on Friday condemned in the “strongest terms” the targeted ambush against a United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) convoy in northern Mali.

The attack took place on the road between Ansongo and Menaka, on 3 October and resulted in the deaths of nine Nigerien peacekeepers of MINUSMA.

In a statement, the Security Council called on the Mali govenment to investigate the attacks and reiterated its full support to MINUSMA and French forces that support it.

“The members of the Security Council called on the Government of Mali to swiftly investigate this attack and bring the perpetrators to justice and stressed that those responsible for the attack shall be held accountable,” it said, adding that attacks targeting peacekeepers may constitute war crimes under international law.

“The members of the Security Council reaffirmed the need to combat by all means, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations, threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts, and that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed.”

It also said that the armed groups operating in northern Mali had a commitment to cooperate with the United Nations to prevent attacks against peacekeepers in line with the declaration they signed on 16 September 2014 in Algiers.

“The members of the Security Council reiterated their support for MINUSMA to assist the Malian authorities and the Malian people in their efforts to bring lasting peace and stability to their country, as mandated by the Security Council in resolution 2164 (2014),” the statement said.

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