UNSC urges Malian parties to resume Algiers talks to reach durable peace

NEW YORK, 7th February, 2015 (WAM)–United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has urged the parties in the inter-Malian negotiation process in Algiers to resume their talks to achieve and implement a comprehensive peace agreement, while demanding that all groups cease hostilities or face possible targeted sanctions.

It underlined its authorisation to use all necessary means to deter threats and take steps to prevent the return of armed elements, protect civilians in danger and respond to attacks against its personnel, installations and equipment.

The Council welcomed the decision of the Secretary-General to launch an independent inquiry to determine the facts surrounding the tragic incidents that took place on 27 January 2015 during a violent demonstration in front of the MINUSMA base in Gao, and the reported death of at least three protesters, expressing condolences to the families of those killed.