The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:
The Secretary-General condemns the complex attack perpetrated against the camp of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) in Kidal this morning that claimed the lives of at least five peacekeepers and injured approximately 30.
The Secretary-General underscores that attacks targeting United Nations peacekeepers constitute war crimes under international law and calls for the perpetrators of this attack to be brought to justice.
The Secretary-General reiterates that attacks against MINUSMA will not weaken the determination of the United Nations to support the Malian Government, the parties to the peace agreement and the people of Mali in their efforts to achieve lasting peace and stability.
The Secretary-General conveys his sincere condolences to the bereaved families and to the Governments of those concerned. He expresses his profound sympathy and support to those wounded and wishes them a speedy recovery.