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France condemns terrorist attacks in Mali, Somalia

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*Expresses concerns on Congo, Ukraine 

…Jude Johnson 

The government of France has condemned terrorists’ attacks in Mali and Somalia that killed several people with many others injured.

The Spokesman for the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, Mr. Romaine Nadal, said the attacks on the passengers of a coach in the Gossi region on 19 February are regrettable.

“We extend our condolences to the victims’ families and the Malian authorities.  We wish the injured – some of whom were evacuated by the Barkhane force, in coordination with the Malian armed forces – a swift recovery,” Nadal stated.

He said the “attack demonstrates, more than ever, the importance of fully implementing the Algiers agreement”.

In the same vein, France condemned the attack perpetrated at a market in Mogadishu on 19 February, which killed very many people.

“We express our condolences to the bereaved and the Somali authorities.

“France pays tribute to the action carried out by Somalia’s new federal authorities to restore peace and security, with the support of the African Union.  With our partners, we stand alongside President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed in the fight against terrorism,” the statement read.


Mounting concern over situation in Congo DRC, Ukraine

France has also expressed serious concern following the broadcast on the Internet of a video showing alleged members of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s armed forces carrying out extrajudicial executions of civilians, including women and children, in the Kasai region.

Nadal urged the Congolese authorities to shed light as swiftly as possible on these unacceptable activities and identify those responsible, who will have to be held accountable for their actions.

“France condemns the bloody violence which has rocked the Kasai region for several months.  It calls on the Congolese authorities and security forces to shoulder their primary responsibility to protect civilians, fully respecting human rights,” he stated.

In another development, the French government has learned of the Russian President’s decree on recognizing official documents issued by the de facto authorities of certain areas in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

The Spokesman for the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International, conveyed the government’s regrets about this decision, “which is not in the spirit of the Minsk agreements”.

France further called on the Russian authorities to concentrate their efforts and bring their influence to bear on the separatist leaders, so that the Minsk agreements are implemented without delay.

“This is the only way to provide a peaceful, lasting solution to the crisis in eastern Ukraine,” he stated.


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