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UN chief of peace operation pays tribute to Chadian peacekeepers serving in Mali

The attack, which targeted the mission’s camp in Aguelhok, in the Kidal region, in northern Mali, took place in the early hours of Sunday 20 January and left at least 25 ‘blue helmets’ wounded in addition to the 10 who lost their lives.


UN chief of peace operation pays tribute to Chadian peacekeepers serving in Mali
“Their bravery imposes respect because Chad is the country that has lost the most men in combat serving with MINUSMA.” Image Credit: Twitter (@Lacroix_UN)

After 10 Chadian peacekeepers serving with the United Nations mission in Mali (MINUSMA) were killed in a terrorist attack on 20 January, the UN chief of peace operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, went to N'Djamena, the capital of Chad, to pay tribute to them on Monday in a ceremony organised by the Government.

"I am in N'Djamena to pay tribute to 10 peacekeepers who made the ultimate sacrifice for peacebuilding in Mali," said Under-Secretary-General Lacroix on Twitter. "Their bravery imposes respect because Chad is the country that has lost the most men in combat serving with MINUSMA."

The attack, which targeted the mission's camp in Aguelhok, in the Kidal region, in northern Mali, took place in the early hours of Sunday 20 January and left at least 25 'blue helmets' wounded in addition to the 10 who lost their lives.

Five days later, on Friday, another two MINUSMA peacekeepers, from Sri Lanka this time, were killed in a roadside bomb explosion near Douentza, in the central region of Mopti.

After a failed coup six years ago, a proliferation of armed groups fighting government forces and their allies in the centre and northern areas of the country has plunged the country into conflict. Today, MINUSMA is the deadliest mission to serve in as a UN 'blue helmet' with some 180 paying the ultimate sacrifice since it was established in 2013.

Mr Lacroix praised the heroism of the Chadian contingent in not only repelling a well-coordinated attack and protecting many lives in Aguelhok, but also in taking every precaution to avoid civilian casualties.

He also conveyed the UN's "immense gratitude" for Chad's commitment to the restoration of peace and security in Mali and the Sahel. Behind Burkina Faso, the country is the second largest troop contributor to MINUSMA with 1,450 troops and 22 policemen, as of November 2018.

"We owe it to the deceased to carry out the implementation of Mali's peace and reconciliation agreement, re-instate the rule of law and enable at last economic development," stated Mr Lacroix. "I am confident that with the participation of the parties to the agreement and our partners, we will meet these objectives."

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