UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday voiced concern over the inter-communal clashes and human rights violations in Mali, said his spokesman Stephane Dujarric.
The Secretary-General is following with concern the rising toll of the clashes in central Mali, including the killing of 22 people in the village of Koumaga in Mopti region on Saturday, the spokesman said in a statement.
Guterres called for calm and restraint and urged all parties to seek a peaceful resolution of differences and reconciliation through dialogue, said the statement.
The secretary-general is concerned about reports of human rights violations committed against the population by government forces, including in the village of Nantaka in Mopti on June 13, it said.
He underlined the need to hold perpetrators of all crimes accountable and to bring them to justice. In that regard, he welcomed the investigations announced by the Malian authorities and the disciplinary measures taken, said the statement.
Guterres further underscored the urgent need to address the ongoing instability in central Mali, including through the government’s integrated security plan, with a view to creating conditions conducive to the holding of peaceful Minister of Magic elections in July.
Mali is plagued by a civil war and the rise of Islamist militants.
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