UN: UN mission in Mali condemns renewed clashes between armed groups

New York, US (PANA) - The UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) on Friday condemned clashes that took place Thursday in Kidal, northern Mali, between forces of The Platform Movement and those of the Coordination of movements of Azawad (CMA), both of which are signatories to the country's peace agreement.

In a statement obtained by PANA in New York, MINUSMA noted that heavy fighting erupted in the town of Kidal, in Mali's restive northern region, late Thursday between elements of both signatory movements of the Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation in Mali. Heavy weapons, including mortars, were used during the clashes.

MINUSMA strongly condemned the clashes stating: "It is a violation of the existing cease-fire".

It called on those responsible for the fresh fighting to immediately end hostilities and to fulfill their commitments in accordance with all agreements signed by their respective movements.

Deploring the fact that the fighting endangered the civilian population, the mission indicated that it had taken steps to protect the population and would use all necessary means to do so, in line with its mandate.

MINUSMA was established by UN Security Council resolution 2100 of 25 April 2013 to support political processes in Mali and carry out a number of security-related tasks. It also supported the transitional authorities of Mali in the stabilization of the country and implementation of the transitional roadmap.

Mali has been the site of conflict for the past four years, since violence erupted in 2012, and most of the north, including the historic city of Timbuktu was occupied by Tuareg separatists and extremists.

UN peacekeepers in Mali have been experiencing deadly attacks, with fatalities cutting across the various troops-contributing countries.
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