Security Council press statement on attacks against the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali – Mali
SC / 14727
December 8, 2021
The following Security Council press release was issued today by Council President Abdou Abarry (Niger):
The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the series of attacks perpetrated against the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) in recent days in the regions of Bandiagara, Kidal, Gao and MÃ©naka. , as a result of which seven peacekeepers from Togo and one sub-contractor from MINUSMA from Mali were killed, while three other blue helmets from Togo and one sub-contractor from MINUSMA from Mali were injured. An Egyptian peacekeeper also died after being injured in an attack last month.
Members of the Security Council expressed their deepest condolences and sympathy to the families of the victims, as well as to Egypt, Mali, Togo and MINUSMA. They wished a speedy and full recovery to the peacekeepers and the contractor who were injured. They paid tribute to the peacekeepers who risk their lives.
Members of the Security Council called on Mali’s transitional government to promptly investigate these attacks and bring the perpetrators to justice. They stressed that attacks on peacekeepers can constitute war crimes under international law. They stressed that involvement in planning, directing, sponsoring or carrying out attacks against MINUSMA peacekeepers constitutes a basis for the designation of sanctions in accordance with United Nations Security Council resolutions.
The members of the Security Council reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security. They stressed the need to bring to justice the perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism. They stressed that those responsible for these killings should be held accountable and urged all States, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Security Council resolutions, to actively cooperate with all relevant authorities in this regard.
The members of the Security Council reaffirmed that any act of terrorism is criminal and unjustifiable, whatever the motivation, where, when and by whom it is committed. They reaffirmed the need for all States to fight by all means, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations and other obligations under international law, including international human rights law, international refugee law and the United Nations. international humanitarian law, threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts.
Members of the Security Council reiterated their full support for Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Mali and Head of MINUSMA, El-Ghassim Wane, and other security presences in Mali and the Sahel region, as mentioned in the resolution. 2584 (2021).
The members of the Security Council expressed their concern over the security situation in Mali and the transnational dimension of the terrorist threat in the Sahel region. They urged the Malian parties to fully implement the Agreement on Peace and Reconciliation in Mali (âthe Accordâ) without further delay. They noted that the full implementation of the Accord and the intensification of efforts to overcome asymmetric threats can help improve the security situation across Mali. They stressed that the efforts of the Joint Force of the Group of Five for the Sahel (G5 Sahel) to counter the activities of terrorist groups and other organized criminal groups will help to create a more secure environment in the Sahel region.
Members of the Security Council further underlined the importance for MINUSMA of having the necessary capacities to fulfill its mandate and promote the safety and security of United Nations peacekeepers, in accordance with resolution 2584 ( 2021) of the Security Council.
The members of the Security Council stressed that these heinous acts would not undermine their determination to continue to support the peace and reconciliation process in Mali.