Security Council strongly condemns "assassination" of two journalists in Mali

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Members of the Security Council have strongly condemned the abduction and assassination of two French journalists in Kidal, northern Mali on Saturday.

Claude Verlon and Ghislaine Dupont of Radio France International were repoterdly abducted on the same day after interviewing a local leader.

In a statement issued late on Saturday, the members of the Security Council expressed their condolences to the family of the victims as well as to the Government of France.`

Council members recalled that under international law, journalists, media professionals and associated personnel in areas of armed conflict are general considered as civilians and shall be respected and protected as such.

They also recalled their demand that all parties to the conflict comply fully with the obligations applicable to them under international humanitarian law, including the protection of civilians in armed conflict.

The members of the Security Council stressed that those responsible for these assassinations shall be held accountable.

They called on the Government of Mali to swiftly investigate the incident and bring the perpetrators to justice.

 The members of the Security Council reaffirmed that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed.

 They reiterated their full support for the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) and French forces who support it and called on all parties to cooperate fully with the Mission.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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