The terrorist attack on a MINUSMA convoy in the Mopti region left five MINUSMA peacekeepers dead, just days after a similar attack killed five Malian soldiers in the vicinity of Menaka. This targeted violence against the forces tasked with restoring security in Mali and facilitating the implementation of the Peace Agreement is unacceptable. The perpetrators of these acts must be brought to justice.
The European Union extends its sincere condolences to the families and friends of the victims of these latest attacks. It expresses its full solidarity with Mali, with MINUSMA and all well-intentioned parties to the Peace Agreement.
The European Union stands alongside Mali and the other countries of the Sahel in their fight against terrorism and for the development of the region in an atmosphere of peace and stability.