Violence is proof of "precariousness" of situation in Mali

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Hervé Ladsous. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

The killing of four UN peacekeepers from Chad in northern Mali last week shows that much more needs to be done to achieve lasting peace in the country.

That's what the head of UN peacekeeping operations, Hervé Ladsous, told the Security Council as it discussed the UN mission in Mali, known by its French acronym MINUSMA.

The mission was established in April last year to help the African country as it recovers from a political crisis sparked by a coup d'état in early 2012.

Mr. Ladsous said the latest violence is further proof of the "precariousness" of the situation in Mali.

"The tragic fighting in Kidal and its aftermath as well as the general insecurity caused by the persisting presence of terrorist groups across northern Mali, all this highlight how much remains to be done to achieve a lasting stability in this country. A successful political process has to be the cornerstone of the stability."(24")

Mr. Ladsous stressed that the stabilization of Mali is contingent on the successful conclusion of peace talks between the government and northern armed groups within the framework of the Ouagadougou Agreement.

The agreement was signed by the government and rebels in the capital of Burkina Faso in June last year to pave the way for peace.

Sophie Outhwaite, United Nations.

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