"Atrocities" in Mali must be condemned, says head of MINUSMA

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Bert Koenders.UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

Unacceptable atrocities have taken place in northern Mali which must be condemned, according to the head of the UN stabilization mission in Mali (MINUSMA).

On Saturday, fighting broke out between governmental forces and separatist Tuareg rebels during a visit by Prime Minister Moussa Mara.

More than a dozen people were reportedly killed, including many civilians.

Mali is recovering from a crisis which started with a military coup d’état in early 2012.

MINUSMA chief, Bert Koenders, said renewed violence in the town of Kidal is very harmful for the peace process in the country.

He explained in French how the UN is currently helping to restore security in the area.

He said the UN is supporting the Malian army during the visit of their Prime Minister.

The UN is also making sure that hostages taken during the attack are being released.

The Security Council was scheduled to meet in New York on Tuesday for a briefing on recent developments in Mali.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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