Mali – Situation in the central part of the country (2 January 2019)

France is concerned at the increase in murders and serious crime perpetrated against civilians in central Mali over the last few months, which reached a new peak yesterday, with dozens of fatalities.

France calls for a strong response on the part of the Malian authorities in order to ensure that these crimes are immediately investigated and that their perpetrators are prosecuted and punished.

This response must be based on an approach that combines legal proceedings, the prevention of further human rights violations and the disarmament of all militias, as pledged by the government.