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The UN Security Council on Monday strongly condemned Friday’s attack on the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali, which left one member of Egypt’s peacekeepers dead and another seriously injured.

In a press release, the members of the Security Council expressed their deepest condolences and condolences to the family of the victim, as well as to Egypt and to the mission, known by its French acronym as MINUSMA.

They wished a speedy and full recovery to the peacekeepers who were injured.

They paid tribute to peacekeepers who risk their lives.

Council members called on the Malian transitional government to promptly investigate this attack and bring the perpetrators to justice.

They stressed that attacks against peacekeepers may constitute war crimes under international law.

They emphasized that participation in planning, directing, sponsoring or conducting attacks against MINUSMA peacekeepers was the basis for the designation of sanctions in accordance with Security Council resolutions.

Council members reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the gravest threats to international peace and security and stressed the need to bring the perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts to justice of terrorism.

They urged all states to actively cooperate with all relevant authorities in this regard.

They expressed concern about the security situation in Mali and the transnational dimension of the terrorist threat in the Sahel region.

They urged the Malian parties to fully implement the Peace and Reconciliation Agreement in Mali without further delay.

They noted that the full implementation of the agreement and the intensification of efforts to overcome asymmetric threats can contribute to improving the security situation in Mali.

They stressed that the efforts of the joint military force of five Sahel countries to counter the activities of terrorist groups and other organized criminal groups will contribute to creating a safer environment in the Sahel region.

Council members also stressed the importance of MINUSMA having the necessary capabilities to fulfill its mandate and promote the security of UN peacekeepers.

They reiterated their full support for the main UN envoy for Mali, MINUSMA and the other security presences in Mali and the Sahel region and stressed that these heinous acts will not undermine their determination to continue supporting the peace and reconciliation process in Mali. .

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