Mali - Violence in Kidal (May 17, 2014)
France condemns the unacceptable and deadly violence that took place on May 17 during the Malian prime minister’s visit to Kidal. There is no excuse for such acts, while every effort must be made to promote dialogue and reconciliation, in accordance with the UN Security Council decisions.
Full light must be shed on the crimes perpetrated against civilians and representatives of the Malian government and those responsible must be identified and brought to justice.
We demand that the armed groups immediately and unconditionally release those being held hostage and restore the governorate of Kidal.
The French forces present in Mali lent their support to the UN mission (MINUSMA) in order to ensure the security of the Malian prime minister’s visit. Furthermore, they remain engaged in the fight against armed terrorist groups in northern Mali. Significant results have been achieved in recent weeks.