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The European Union expresses its outrage at the massacre of more than 130 people, among them women and children, and the destruction of the Fulani village of Ogossagou last Saturday morning by armed men wearing traditional hunters' clothing. Immediate measures to ensure the safety and protection of the population in central Mali, and in particular of Fulani villages, are required. This will involve, in particular, disarming and dismantling all the militias perpetrating violence in the region.
The EU extends its condolences to the families of the victims of this attack and to the people of Mali, who deserve to be able to live in peace. It calls on the authorities to conduct a full investigation into this violence and to prosecute those responsible, failing which insecurity will be perpetuated and the rule of law undermined, and tensions between communities will continue to pose extremely serious risks to the stability of the country.
The European Union and the international community stand by Mali in support of the Government’s efforts to ensure security, stability and the redeployment of the State and of basic services for the population in the centre of the country.