US Concerned Over Worsening Violence in Mali and Attacks on UN Peacekeepers.
The United States has expressed deep concern regarding the escalating threat of violence in Mali, particularly the recent attacks targeting UN peacekeepers. Matthew Miller, the State Department Spokesman, strongly condemned these attacks, deeming them “unacceptable.” He emphasized the gravity of such violence and the broader menace posed by armed groups operating in the region.
Earlier this week, the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali, known as Minusma, reported that due to worsening security conditions, it had to expedite its withdrawal from the northern town of Ber. The withdrawal process faced two separate attacks, resulting in injuries to some peacekeeping personnel.
In response to these developments, the US State Department has underscored the growing danger of heightened violence and stressed the paramount importance of finding peaceful solutions to the disputes within Mali. The statement emphasizes the crucial role of Minusma and urges the Malian transition government to facilitate a safe and orderly withdrawal for the peacekeeping mission’s personnel.
The United States calls on all parties involved to collaborate earnestly, ensuring the safe departure of Minusma’s personnel and contributing to the restoration of stability in Mali.