Killings mar celebration of peacekeepers
From OUMAR SIDIBE in Bamako, Mali
BAMAKO, (CAJ News) – THE Security Council, the United Nations’ most powerful body, has called on the Government of Mali to swiftly investigate the deadly attack on a peacekeepers’ convoy in the volatile Mopti region.
Five peacekeepers from Togo were killed when a UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) were killed when their convoy travelling on the Tenenkou-Sévaré axis was ambushed by unknown assailants some 30 kilometres west of Sévaré.
The members of the Security Council called on Mali to bring the perpetrators to justice.
They underlined that attacks targeting peacekeepers might constitute war crimes under international law. MINUSMA was set up in 2013 to stabilise Mali following a rebellion by Islamist and Tuareg fighters.The militants have been mounting sporadic assaults on peacekeepers in northern and central regions.
UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon observed the latest attack on MINUSMA had taken place on the International Day of UN Peacekeepers, May 29, when the men and women serving under the United Nations flag with honour, courage and dedication are to be honoured.
– CAJ News
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