UN chief condemns attack on peacekeepers in Mali -GCFRNG

UN chief condemns attack on peacekeepers in Mali -GCFRNG

UN Secretary General António Guterres has condemned an attack on peacekeepers in Mali, which left an Egyptian ‘blue helmet’ dead and four other seriously injured, reports the correspondent for the Mali News Agency. Nigeria (NAN) at the UN.

António Guterres expressed his deepest condolences to the victim’s family, as well as to the Government and people of Egypt, while wishing a speedy recovery to the wounded peacekeepers serving in the United Nations Stabilization Mission. United for Mali (MINUSMA).

An improvised explosive device exploded on Saturday, killing a MINUSMA peacemaker and wounding three others in northeast Mali, a UN official said.

The Special Representative of the Secretary General and Head of the UN Mission (MINUSMA), El-Ghassim Wane, announced on Saturday on his Twitter account that it was a MINUSMA vehicle that struck an improvised explosive device near Tessalit. in the Kidal region.

“The death toll is one and three seriously injured …

“This reminds us of the continuing danger to our peacekeepers and the sacrifices made for peace in Mali,” Wane tweeted.

The Secretary General recalled that attacks against peacekeepers “may constitute war crimes under international law” and asked the Malian authorities to “spare no effort to identify the perpetrators of these attacks so that they can be brought brought to justice quickly.

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“Guterres reaffirms the solidarity of the United Nations with the people and Government of Mali,” he said.

In a statement, MINUSMA said they were traveling in a convoy near Tessalit, within the troubled Kidal region, when their vehicle struck an improvised explosive device.

Wane also strongly condemned the attack, noting that it was “a sad reminder of the continuing danger hanging over our peacekeepers and of the sacrifices made for peace in Mali.”

Mali remains the most dangerous place to serve as a peacekeeper and, having experienced two military coups in the past year, the security situation has generally deteriorated, with state institutions weakened.

Armed extremists in the north and center of the country continue to launch all-out attacks on civilians and UN personnel, while community violence is also on the rise.

An independent UN expert on the human rights situation in Mali said last month that violence was on the rise and threatened the very survival of the country.

Wane paid tribute to the soldier who died and said the wounded blue helmets had been evacuated and were “receiving the necessary care. He offered his condolences to the Government of the deceased, his family and comrades in arms.

The MINUSMA chief said the “cowardly attack” would only strengthen the “mission’s determination to support Mali and its people in their quest for peace and stability.”

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