The attack on the UN Multi-dimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali this early morning caused major casualties. One Chinese peacekeeper was killed and four injured. We express our deep condolences to the victims and sincere sympathies to the bereaved families and the injured.
Attaching great importance to the incident, the CPC Central Committee and the State Council immediately called for emergency response and efforts to deal with follow-up matters. Relevant work is going on.
It is a terrorist attack against UN peacekeepers. It is a grave crime that cannot be tolerated. The Chinese side strongly condemns this attack. We ask the Mali government and the UN to carry out immediate investigation into this terrorist attack, hold the perpetrators accountable, and work closely with China to deal with the follow-up work.
I want to stress that the Chinese government resolutely supports the international cause of peace, and peace and stability in Africa. At present, over 2400 Chinese peacekeepers are conducting UN peacekeeping operations in 7 African mission zones, including Mali, Democratic Republic of Congo and Liberia. We will continue to take an active part in the UN peacekeeping operations, uphold the spirits of the UN Charter and contribute to peace and stability in Africa.