Security Council condemns attacks against UN peacekeepers in Mali

Source: Xinhua| 2018-10-28 10:47:19|Editor: Shi Yinglun
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UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 27 (Xinhua) -- The Security Council on Saturday condemned attacks against UN peacekeepers in Mali that left two soldiers dead and several others wounded.

An attack on a UN camp outside of Timbuktu killed two peacekeepers from Burkina Faso and injured 11 others, and four peacekeepers from Togo were injured in a convoy attack near Konna, a town in Mopti region, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said earlier Saturday.

Members of the Security Council in a press statement expressed their deepest condolences and sympathy to victims' families, as well as to the government of Burkina Faso and to the UN mission known by its French acronym as MINUSMA. They further expressed solidarity to the government of Togo.

The members called on the Malian government to swiftly investigate the attacks and bring perpetrators to justice.

Attacks targeting peacekeepers may constitute war crimes under international law, said the members, stressing that involvement in planning, directing, sponsoring or conducting attacks against MINUSMA peacekeepers constitutes, pursuant to Security Council resolutions, a basis for sanctions designations.

The members expressed their concern about security situation in Mali and transnational terrorist threat in Sahel region, urging Malian parties to fully implement the Agreement on Peace and Reconciliation ("the Agreement") in Mali without further delay.

The Malian government in 2015 signed the Agreement with pro-government militias and some rebel groups in a bid to end hostilities and launch development programs in the troubled northern Mali, as well as to restore peace and stability to the country.

Members of the Security Council stressed that these heinous acts will not undermine their determination to support the peace and reconciliation process in Mali.