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Some progress made towards security in Mali, but still a long way to go, Security Council hears

New York: Some progress has been made towards restoring peace and stability in Mali as outlined in a fragile 2015 peace deal, yet sustainable peace developments are not happening fast enough, the Security Council heard on Tuesday.

Support Mali reconciliation efforts ‘in whatever way possible’, urges UN expert

New York, Aug 20 (IBNS): Reconciliation initiatives in central Mali, to bring together local leaders and end ongoing violence, have been welcomed by the UN Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Mali, Alioune Tine, who said on Monday that they should be supported “in whatever way possible.”

UN warns of spike in grave violations against children in Mali as ‘the new normal’

New York, Aug 14 (IBNS): Voicing great concern over a sharp increase in the killing and maiming of children in Mali due to ongoing fighting and instability, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and partners on Tuesday, called on all warring parties to stop attacks and “keep them out of harm’s way”.

UN peacekeeping in Mali boosted with addition of 250 UK troops

New York, July 23 (IBNS): The United Kingdom is to send a contingent of 250 troops to Mali next year, to support the UN’s peacekeeping operation in the country, MINUSMA.

Scores killed in ‘barbaric’ attack on Mali village, UN chief urges restraint, calls for ‘dialogue’ to resolve tensions

New York, June 11 (IBNS): Nearly 100 people were reportedly killed during an attack on a traditional Dogon hunters’ village in Mali on Sunday, prompting a call from UN chief António Guterres for authorities to act fast and “bring the perpetrators to justice”.

UN honours peacekeepers who ‘paid the ultimate price’, for the sake of others

New York, May 25 (IBNS): Ever since the UN deployed the first of its 72 peacekeeping missions back in 1948, more than 3,800 peacekeepers have lost their lives, Secretary-General António Guterres said on Friday, at a wreath laying ceremony in honour of those “brave men and women” who serve.

Guterres condemns armed attack against UN peacekeepers in Mali

New York, May 19 (IBNS): A violent attack against the United Nation's Integrated Stabilization Mission for Mali (MINUSMA) that left one peacekeeper dead on Saturday, drew strong condemnation from Secretary-General António Guterres.

France denounces attacks against military forces in Mali

Paris, Apr 23 (Xinhua/UNI) France strongly condemned assaults targeting MINUSMA peacekeeper forces and local soldiers in Mali, stressing that the responsible "must be prosecuted", the French foreign ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.

Killing of Egyptian peacekeeper in Mali ‘may constitute war crimes’ Guterres warns, urging ‘swift action’

New York, Apr 21 (IBNS): An improvised roadside mine which exploded hitting a UN peacekeeping convoy in Mali, killing one ‘blue helmet’ from Egypt, and wounding four others, may constitute a war crime, the UN Chief said on Saturday, as senior UN officials condemned the blast. 

'Address root causes' of instability in Mali through 'aid and support' urges UN chief

New York, Mar 30 (IBNS): Appearing before the Security Council on Friday, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said that the only way to prevent increased violence and instability in Mali is to tackle root causes such as grinding poverty; climate change and competition for resources; underdevelopment, and a fundamental lack of opportunities for young people.  

Central Mali: Top UN genocide prevention official sounds alarm over recent ethnically-targeted killings

New York, Mar 29 (IBNS): The United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng, expressed on Thursday his deepest concern and strongly condemned recent attacks against villages in Mali, including mass-killings last weekend in the Mopti region, which left 160 dead, including some 50 children, according to the UN human rights office (OHCHR).

Mali’s ‘self-defence’ groups must face justice, after deadly intercommunal attacks

New York, Mar 27 (IBNS): Mali’s authorities have been urged by the UN to provide justice for the victims and survivors of attacks by so-called self-defence groups, responsible for horrific intercommunal violence in central Mali, after a weekend assault that claimed the lives of more than 150 people, including some 50 children.

UN condemns ‘unspeakable’ attack that leaves scores dead in central Mali

New York, Mar 24 (IBNS): The United Nations has strongly condemned the armed attack on a village in restive central Mali which reportedly left at least 134 people dead and dozens wounded early on Saturday.

Mali: UN mourns three Guinean peacekeepers killed, condemns attack 'in strongest terms'

New York, Feb 24 (IBNS): The United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres and the UN Security Council condemned on Saturday in the strongest terms the attack against vehicles of the peacekeeping mission in Mali (MINUSMA), which took place on Friday and in which three "blue helmets" from Guinea were killed and at least another injured.

‘Urgent need’ to stop Mali violence with ‘effective’ military response: UN expert

New York, Feb 13 (IBNS): The state of human rights and security across Mali is a “cause of grave concern,” the independent UN rights expert for the northwest African nation said in a statement on Tuesday, in which he called for an “effective military response” to end the violence and protect the civilian population.