Deadly attack claims two UN Peacekeepers in Mali

UN Peacekeepers from Chad on patrol in Kidal, Mali UN Peacekeepers from Chad on patrol in Kidal, Mali UN Photo/Sylvain Liechti

16 June 2020

The United Nations Secretary-General has condemned deadly attack on United Nations Peacekeepers in Mali

The Secretary- General’s statement follows an attack on the United Nations Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) logistical convoy by unknown individuals. The attack which claimed the lives of two Egyptian peacekeepers comes after three Chadian peacekeepers were killed when improvised explosive devices hit their convoy in May 2020. MINUSMA was established under Security Council resolution 2100 of 2013 to assist in bringing stability in Mali. Its mandate includes ensuring security, protection of civilians, and supporting national and political dialogue.

The war in Mali began in 2012 when rebel groups seeking autonomy in northern Mali launched an armed assault against government forces. The conflict has claimed thousands of lives and has caused a humanitarian crisis in the region, including massive displacements. Although there have been some positive steps aimed at bringing stability which include efforts to implement the Agreement on Peace and Reconciliation in Mali, the security situation remains dire as government forces, international peacekeepers, and civilians continue to be targeted by militants linked to Al Qaeda, Islamic State and other insurgent groups.

According to the United Nations, 344 United Nations and associated personnel were killed between 2012 and 2018. The Secretary-General has urged the Mali government to investigate the attacks and bring those responsible to justice.

 

To know more, please read:

https://www.un.org/press/en/2020/sgsm20125.doc.htm

https://minusma.unmissions.org/sites/default/files/s_2020_476_e.pdf

https://news.un.org/en/story/2020/05/1063662

https://www.un.org/press/en/2019/org1684.doc.htm

 

Author: Lloyd Chigowe

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