Ban strongly condemns car bombing resulting in death of UN peacekeepers in Mali

Chadian UN peacekeepers patrol a MINUSMA check point in Tessalit, North of Mali. Photo MINUSMA/Marco Dormino

11 June 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon strongly condemned today’s car bomb attack on a United Nations camp in Mali that resulted in the death of four peacekeepers from Chad.

The attack on the camp in Aguelhok of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) also injured six peacekeepers. A number of soldiers from the Malian Armed Forces were also reportedly wounded.

“The Secretary-General extends his deepest condolences to the families of the victims and the Governments and people of Chad and Mali. He wishes a speedy and full recovery to the injured,” his spokesperson said in a statement.

“This attack will not diminish the resolve of the United Nations to support the Malian people in their efforts to achieve peace and stability for all of Mali,” the spokesperson added.

“The Secretary-General calls on all parties not to be deterred by spoilers who, through their criminal acts, seek to prevent the establishment of a sustainable peace in Mali.”

The Security Council set up MINUSMA in April 2013 to support the West African country’s recovery from a coup and the occupation of its north by Islamist fundamentalists, its transition back to stability and democratic governance, and the promotion of human rights and provision of humanitarian aid.

In a statement issued to the press, in which it strongly condemned today’s attack, the Council stressed that those responsible shall be held accountable, and called on the Government to swiftly investigate the attack and bring the perpetrators to justice.

“The members of the Security Council reiterated their support to the Malian authorities, supported by MINUSMA, to stabilize Mali, re-establish State administration throughout the country and launch an effective and inclusive national dialogue,” the 15-member body added.


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