Security Council condemns violent clashes in northern Mali

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Albert Gerard (Bert) Koenders, Special Representative the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

Violence can only breed more violence and the people of Mali will be the first to suffer,  according to the head of the UN Stabilization Mission in the country (MINUSMA).

Bert Koenders  on Tuesday evening briefed the Security Council by teleconference from Mali.

In the town of Kidal on 17 and 18 May, attacks resulted in the death of Malian Defense and Security forces personnel, as well as eight civilians.

Mali has been recovering from a crisis which started with a military coup d'état in early 2012.

Mr Koenders said actions must be taken to prevent the country from spiralling back into violence.

“The priority today is to pull Kidal back from the brink of renewed confrontation. We must call on all concerned to take concrete actions today, to contribute to the de-escalation of tensions and to avoid any further provocation. (0'15")

The members of the Security Council strongly condemned the violent clashes, as well as the unacceptable seizure by force of administrative buildings.

They also condemned the taking of hostages by armed groups, notably the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA).

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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