Bamako – AFP
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Saturday condemned the attacks on UN peacekeepers and stressed that they could constitute war crimes under international law after an Egyptian soldier was killed in a mine explosion in northern Mali.
The conviction came after the United Nations mission in Mali announced the murder of one of the organization’s peacekeepers and the serious injury of four others on Saturday in an explosive device explosion near Tessalit, in the northeastern part of the country. country, near the Algerian border.
A statement published by Guterres spokesman Stephane Dujarric quoted the United Nations Secretary-General as expressing his deepest condolences to the victim’s family, as well as the Egyptian government and the people, and reaffirming the United Nations’ solidarity with the government and people of Mali.
The statement emphasized that attacks on peacekeepers could constitute “war crimes” under international law, and Guterres called on the Malian authorities to make every effort to identify the perpetrators of the attacks so that they can be prosecuted.
For his part, the commander of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) said in a statement: “This incident is a sad reminder of the constant danger surrounding peacekeepers and the sacrifices made for peace in Mali.”
“Today’s cowardly attack reinforces the mission’s determination to support Mali and its people in their pursuit of peace and stability,” he added.
Four Chadian soldiers from UN forces were killed in an armed attack on their camp in Agelhouk, also in northeastern Mali, in April.
Deployed in Mali since 2013, MINUSMA is the most frequent UN peacekeeping mission to witness casualties among its members. According to the United Nations, 145 of them had been killed in hostilities on August 31.