Terrorists expected to continue attacks in Mali

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Gérard Araud

Terrorists are expected to maintain their attacks in Mali as the UN continues to build up its stabilization force, MINUSMA according to France's Permanent Representative to the United Nations.

Since early 2012, Mali has witnessed a military coup d'état, renewed fighting between Government forces and Tuareg rebels, as well as the seizure of its northern territory by radical Islamists.

Speaking after a Security Council meeting on Mali, the Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations, Gerard Araud said that the build up of the MINUSMA force has been slow.

But he said in the meantime terrorist attacks have been contained by French forces.

"You can weaken the terrorists but you are not going to eradicate them. The terrorist groups have suffered very serious blows coming from the French forces. But obviously they are regrouping and will try to come back. The fact is that so far their attacks have been limited."

MINUSMA's core task is to support the political process in Mali, in close coordination with the African Union (AU) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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