UN / MALI ATTACK

05-Apr-2021 00:01:26
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned “in the strongest terms” an attack on peacekeepers in Mali in which four Chadian peacekeepers were killed and 34 others were injured, according to a spokesperson. UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / MALI ATTACK
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DATELINE: 05 APRIL 2021, NEW YORK CITY
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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, UN Flag outside headquarters

05 APRIL 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, press room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“We have an update from Mali where you will recall four peacekeepers from Chad were killed on Friday, during an attack against their camp in Aguelhok. This is in northern Mali’s Kidal region. Thirty-four peacekeepers were also injured in the attack – that’s up from 19 originally reported as injured on Friday. The Secretary-General condemns of course the attack in the strongest terms. He also commends the courage and bravery of the peacekeepers who robustly repelled the attack by armed combatants against one of their camps. The Secretary-General conveyed his heartfelt condolences to the Government and people of Chad and extends his profound sympathies to the families of the victims. He wishes a swift recovery to all the peacekeepers injured. The Secretary-General recalls that attacks that target peacekeepers may constitute war crimes under international law and that sanctions can be applied against those responsible. He calls on the Malian authorities to spare no effort in identifying and promptly holding to account the perpetrators of this heinous attack. Tomorrow, the Security Council will discuss the situation in Mali. Jean-Pierre Lacroix, the head of peacekeeping, is scheduled to brief Council members.”
4. Med shot, journalist listening to briefing
5. Wide shot, press room
STORYLINE
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned “in the strongest terms” an attack on peacekeepers in Mali in which four Chadian peacekeepers were killed and 34 others were injured, according to a spokesperson.

Speaking to reporters in New York today (05 Apr), UN spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said the attack was carried out on Friday against a peacekeeping camp in Aguelhok, in northern Mali’s Kidal region. Dujarric said the Secretary-General commends the courage and bravery of the peacekeepers “who robustly repelled the attack by armed combatants against one of their camps.” He conveyed his heartfelt condolences to the Government and people of Chad and “extends his profound sympathies to the families of the victims,” Dujarric said.

The Secretary-General also wished a swift recovery to all the peacekeepers injured and recalled that attacks that target peacekeepers “may constitute war crimes under international law and that sanctions can be applied against those responsible.”

Guterres called on the Malian authorities to “spare no effort in identifying and promptly holding to account the perpetrators of this heinous attack,” according to the UN spokesperson.

Tomorrow, the Security Council will discuss the situation in Mali where Jean-Pierre Lacroix, the head of peacekeeping, is scheduled to brief Council members.
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