Jan 26, 2019

UN Secretary Gen. condemns Mali attack

The UN Secretary-General António Guterres strongly condemns the Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attack against a MINUSMA convoy near Douentza, Mopti region in Mali on Thursday morning killing two peacekeepers including an Army Captain and a trooper from Sri Lanka and injuring six.

A peacekeeper from Burkina Faso was injured in a separate IED attack against another Mission convoy near Douentza on the same day.

The Secretary-General expressed his deep condolences to the Government of Sri Lanka and the families of the victims and wishes a speedy recovery to those injured.

He recalls that attacks targeting United Nations peacekeepers may constitute war crimes under international law. He calls on the Malian authorities to spare no effort in identifying the perpetrators of this attack, so that they can be brought to justice as swiftly as possible.

These cowardly acts will not deter MINUSMA’s determination to support the people and Government of Mali in their pursuit of peace and stability, he added.