SECURITY COUNCIL PRESS STATEMENT ON TERRORIST ATTACK IN MALI
Posted by African Press International on July 2, 2014
NEW YORK, July 2, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The following Security Council press statement was issued by Council President Eugène-Richard Gasana (Rwanda):
The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the improvised explosive device explosion, 30 kilometres west of Timbuktu, Mali, on 30 June 2014, in which one Burkinabe peacekeeper of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) was killed and six other peacekeepers were injured.
The members of the Security Council expressed their condolences to the family of the peacekeeper killed, as well as to the Government and people of Burkina Faso, and to MINUSMA.
The members of the Security Council reiterated their full support to MINUSMA and French forces that support it. The members of the Security Council stressed that those responsible for this attack shall be held accountable, and called on the Government of Mali to swiftly investigate the attack and bring the perpetrators to justice.
The members of the Security Council reaffirmed the need to combat by all means, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations, threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts, and that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed.
The members of the Security Council reminded States that they must ensure that measures taken to combat terrorism comply with all their obligations under international law, in particular international human rights, refugee and humanitarian law.
The members of the Security Council reiterated their support to MINUSMA to assist the Malian authorities and the Malian people in their efforts to bring lasting peace and stability to their country, as mandated by the Security Council in resolution 2164 (2014).