A violent attack against the United Nation#39;s Integrated Stabilization Mission for Mali (MINUSMA) that left one peacekeeper dead on Saturday, drew strong condemnation from Secretary-General Antoacute;nio Guterres.
Mr. Guterres is deeply saddened at the death of a Nigerian peacekeeper who succumbed to his wounds following the armed attack by unidentified assailants in Timbukturdquo;, saidhis spokesperson, Steacute;phane Dujarric,in a statement issued that evening.
The UN chief expressed his heartfelt condolencesrdquo; to the bereaved family and the Government of Nigeria and wished a speedy recovery to another Nigerian peacekeeper who was wounded in the same attackrdquo;.
He also wished a swift recovery to three Chadian peacekeepersrdquo;, who were wounded when their mine-protected vehicle hit an improvised explosive device in Tessalit, Kidal region.
The Secretary-General recalled that attacks targeting United Nations peacekeepers may constitute war crimes under international lawrdquo; and called on the Malian authorities to take swift action to identify the perpetrators of these attacks and promptly bring them to justicerdquo;.
The Secretary-General reaffirms the solidarity of United Nations with the people and the Government of Mali and its support to their quest for peace and stabilityrdquo;, Mr. Dujarric concluded.
Grounds for sanctions
For its part, the Security Council condemned in the strongest termsrdquo; the attacks while also expressing their deepest condolences and sympathyrdquo; to the victim's family, to Nigeria and toMINUSMA.
In a statement issued on Sunday, theSecurity Council memberscited resolutions and stressed that any involvement in planning, directing, sponsoring or conducting attacksrdquo; against MINUSMA peacekeepers constitutes a basis for sanctionsrdquo;.
The Security Council reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and securityrdquo; and underlined that the perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorismrdquo; be brought to justice.
Stating that those responsible should be held accountablerdquo;, the Council urged all States, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Security Council resolutions, to cooperate actively with all relevant authorities in this regard.
Any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committedrdquo; they spelled out.
All States must combat by all meansrdquo;, threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts, the statement continued.
The Security Council said it fully supported Mahamat Saleh Annadif, Special Representative for Mali and Head of MINUSMA, the peacekeeping mission and the other security presences in Mali and in the Sahel regionrdquo;.
Expressing concern over the country's security situation and the transnational dimension of the terrorist threat in the Sahel regionrdquo;, the Council urged the nation's parties to fully implement the Agreement on Peace and Reconciliation in Mali without further delayrdquo;
The full implementation of the Agreement and the intensification of efforts to overcome asymmetric threats can contribute to improving the security situation across Malirdquo; they said, underlining that the efforts of the Cross-Border Joint Force to counter the activities of terrorist groups and other organized criminal groups will contribute to create a more secure environment in the Sahel regionrdquo;.
The Council members further stressed he importance that MINUSMA has the necessary capacities to fulfil its mandate and promote the safety and security of the United Nations peacekeepers, pursuant to Security Council resolution 2423 (2018)rdquo;.
These heinous actsrdquo; will not undermine the Council's determination to continue to support the peace and reconciliation process in Malirdquo; the statement concluded.
Source: United Nations (UN)