Lethal Attack on Peacekeepers in Mali

Press Statement
Marie Harf
Deputy Department Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
October 24, 2013

The United States strongly condemns yesterday’s attack against MINUSMA, the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali, in which two Chadian peacekeepers and a Malian civilian were killed and others wounded. This was the first such attack since the mission deployed on July 1, 2013. We call on the Government of Mali to immediately investigate the incident and hold those responsible to account. We also express our deep condolences to the families of the victims and to the Governments of Chad and Mali.

The United States remains fully committed to supporting the efforts of MINUSMA to assist Mali in consolidating peace and security gains, including the Government of Mali’s national reconciliation efforts. We are concerned about the fragile security situation in the north, where the attack occurred and where violence in recent weeks has demonstrated the threat still posed to Mali’s stability. We call on all parties to cease hostilities immediately.

PRN: 2013/1288