UN mission in Mali calls for restraint after clash in Kidal

New York, US (PANA) -  The UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) on Friday strongly condemned the latest violence in Kidal, in the northern part of the country, and called for restraint.

A PANA Correspondent in New York quoted a statement from the mission as stating that, "incidents of a serious nature took place on Thursday despite a security plan coordinated
by the Government in cooperation with the UN Mission and support from the French security mission in Mali, known as Serval".

"MINUSMA, in close cooperation with Serval, assisted the evacuation of three of the injured for medical care in Gao," the Mission said.

It noted said that the violence broke out ahead of the planned arrival of Prime Minister Oumar Tatam Ly and a government delegation to Kidal.

Since early 2012, the country has witnessed a military coup d’état, renewed fighting between government forces and Tuareg rebels, and the seizure of its northern territory by radical Islamists.

In April, the UN Security Council approved a 12,600-strong MINUSMA, authorizing the blue helmets "to use all necessary means" to carry out security-related stabilization tasks, protect civilians, UN staff and cultural artefacts, and create the conditions for provision of humanitarian aid.

Its core task is to support the political process in Mali, in close coordination with the African Union (AU) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
-0- PANA AA/VAO 29Nov2013

29 november 2013 19:34:32




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