UN: Ban condemns attack on UN peacekeepers in Kidal

New York, US (PANA) - The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday condemned an attack on a convoy of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) in Kidal, a town in northern Mali, which resulted in the death of a peacekeeper.

In a UN statement made available to reporters in New York, Ban noted that attacks targeting UN peacekeepers may constitute war crimes under international law, and called for the perpetrators of the attack to be brought to justice.

The UN chief reiterated that attacks against the MINUSMA will not weaken the mission's determination to fully implement its mandate in support of the efforts of the Malian Government, the parties to the peace agreement and the people of Mali to achieve lasting peace and stability.

He stated that the primary responsibility for peace lies with the Malian parties and urged them to continue to work to fully implement the provisions of the peace agreement and to do all they can to prevent such attacks.

He also extended his condolences to the family of the victim and the Government and people of Chad, and wished a speedy and full recovery to the injured.

The statement disclosed that four other peacekeepers serving with MINUSMA were also injured in Sunday's improvised explosive device attack against the convoy, south of Aguelhok, in Kidal region.

The incident followed a similar attack on 5 August that injured one peacekeeper in the vicinity of Kidal city.
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08 august 2016 14:58:16




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