The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Ferit Hoxha (Albania):
The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the attack perpetrated against the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) on 3 June 2022 near Douentza, following which two peacekeepers Egyptians were killed and another injured.
The members of the Security Council expressed their deepest condolences and sympathy to the families of the victims, as well as to Egypt. They also expressed their condolences to the United Nations. They wished a speedy and full recovery to those who were injured. They paid tribute to all peacekeepers who risk their lives.
Members of the Security Council called on the Transitional Government of Mali to promptly investigate the attack on the peacekeepers, bring the perpetrators to justice and keep the troop-contributing country concerned informed of progress. They stressed that attacks targeting peacekeepers can constitute war crimes under international law. They emphasized that involvement in planning, directing, sponsoring or carrying out attacks against MINUSMA peacekeepers constitutes a basis for the designation of sanctions in accordance with UN Security Council resolutions. They underscored that the primary responsibility for the safety and security of United Nations personnel and assets rests with host States and underscored the importance of engagement and communications between MINUSMA and the Transitional Government of Mali.
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 cooperate actively with all relevant authorities in this regard. .
The members of the Security Council reaffirmed that any act of terrorism is criminal and unjustifiable, whatever its motivation, wherever, when and by whomever 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 international humanitarian law, threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts.
The members of the Security Council reiterated their full support for MINUSMA and other security presences in Mali and the Sahel region, as mentioned in 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 for Peace and Reconciliation in Mali (“the Agreement”) without further delay. They noted that the full implementation of the Agreement and the intensification of efforts to overcome asymmetric threats can contribute to improving the security situation across Mali. They stressed that the efforts of the G5 Sahel Joint Force to counter the activities of terrorist groups and other organized criminal groups will contribute to creating a more secure environment in the Sahel region.
The members of the Security Council further stressed the importance for MINUSMA to have 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 will not undermine their determination to continue to support the peace and reconciliation process in Mali.