The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Abdou Abarry (Niger):
The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the series of attacks perpetrated against the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) in the past days in Bandiagara, Kidal, Gao and Menaka regions, following which seven peacekeepers from Togo and one MINUSMA contractor from Mali were killed, while three other peacekeepers from Togo and one MINUSMA contractor from Mali were injured. One peacekeeper from Egypt also died after being injured in an attack last month.
The members of the Security Council expressed their deepest condolences and sympathy to the families of the victims, as well as to Egypt, to Mali, to Togo and to MINUSMA. They wished a speedy and full recovery to the peacekeepers and the contractor who were injured. They paid tribute to the peacekeepers who risk their lives.
The members of the Security Council called on the transitional Government of Mali to swiftly investigate these attacks and bring the perpetrators to justice. They underlined that attacks targeting peacekeepers may constitute war crimes under international law. They stressed that involvement in planning, directing, sponsoring or conducting attacks against MINUSMA peacekeepers constitutes a basis for sanctions designations pursuant to United Nations Security Council resolutions.
The members of the Security Council reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security. They underlined the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice. They stressed that those responsible for these killings should be held accountable, and urged all States, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Security Council resolutions, to cooperate actively with all relevant authorities in this regard.
The members of the Security Council reiterated that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed. They reaffirmed the need for all States to combat by all means, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations and other obligations under international law, including international human rights law, international refugee law and international humanitarian law, threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts.
The members of the Security Council reiterated their full support to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Mali and Head of MINUSMA, El-Ghassim Wane, and the other security presences in Mali and in the Sahel region, as mentioned in resolution 2584 (2021).
The members of the Security Council expressed their concern about the security situation in Mali and the transnational dimension of the terrorist threat in the Sahel region. They urged the Malian parties to fully implement the Agreement on Peace and Reconciliation in Mali (“the Agreement”) without further delay. They noted that the full implementation of the Agreement and the intensification of efforts to overcome asymmetric threats can contribute to improving the security situation across Mali. They underlined that the efforts of the Force Conjointe of the Group of Five for the Sahel (G5 Sahel) to counter the activities of terrorist groups and other organized criminal groups will contribute to create a more secure environment in the Sahel region.
The members of the Security Council further stressed the importance of MINUSMA having the necessary capacities to fulfil its mandate and promote the safety and security of the United Nations peacekeepers, pursuant to Security Council resolution 2584 (2021).
The members of the Security Council stressed that these heinous acts will not undermine their determination to continue to support the peace and reconciliation process in Mali.