Mali – Statement by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (24 mars 2019)

France utterly condemns the violence that has plunged central Mali into mourning, claiming the lives of more than 130 civilians in Bankass Cercle yesterday.

It extends its condolences to the bereaved and to the Malian authorities.

France welcomes the Malian government’s commitment to dissolve the militias which are fuelling terror in the region and must be disarmed. It calls on the authorities to do everything to locate and try the perpetrators of these massacres.

France will continue supporting efforts to ensure people are protected and to create the conditions for dialogue and national reconciliation, which is more necessary than ever in central Mali.