Mali – Attack on the United Nations mission (17 January 2015)

France condemns the attack perpetrated on 17 January on the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) in Kidal, which claimed the life of a Chadian soldier and injured several Blue Helmets.

We extend our condolences to the victim’s family, the Chadian authorities and the United Nations.

France reaffirms its full support for MINUSMA and pays tribute to the involvement of the countries in the region and all the countries which contribute troops.

With Operation Barkhane, we remain resolutely committed to the fight against terrorism alongside the Malian authorities. We reaffirm our support for the Algiers negotiations on Mali; it is essential they be completed in order to enable the country to be stabilized in a lasting way.