Monday’s condemnation by the Security Council of Sunday’s attack on UN peacekeeping mission Mali (MINUSMA), which resulted in one death from Guinean peacekeeper, and Saturday’s attacks in Gao and Bankass in which dozens more civilians were killed, was a strong statement.
In a press release, the council members urged the Transitional Government of Mali immediately to investigate the attack against peacekeepers. They also asked that the troop-contributing country be kept informed of any developments. They stressed that international law may consider attacks on peacekeepers war crimes. They pointed out that participation in the planning, directing and sponsoring of attacks against peacekeepers Mali is a basis for sanctions under Security Council resolutions.
They underlined the fact that UN personnel assets and safety are the responsibility of the host state.
They stressed the need for terrorist financiers, organizers, and sponsors to be brought to justice. They demanded that all states cooperate with the relevant authorities to ensure accountability for those responsible for these murders.
Council members reiterated that terrorist acts in all their forms and manifestations pose a serious threat to international security and peace. All states must combat terrorist threats to international security and peace by all means, they reaffirmed.
They expressed concern over the security situation in Mali as well as the transnational nature of the terrorist threat to the Sahel region. They called on the Malian parties not to delay in fully implementing the Agreement on Peace and Reconciliation for Mali. They stressed that lasting peace in the Sahel area will not be possible without the combination of security, political, and sustainable development efforts for all regions of Mali.