The Secretary-General is following with deep concern the unfolding developments in Mali, including the military mutiny which culminated in the arrest of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and members of his Government earlier today in Bamako.
The Secretary-General strongly condemns the improvised explosive device attacks against a convoy of the United Nations Integrated Stabilization Mission for Mali (MINUSMA) near Aguelhok, Kidal region, that killed three peacekeepers from Chad and seriously injured four others.
Female genital mutilation is a gross violation of the human rights of women and girls.
Over 200 million women and girls alive today have experienced female genital mutilation in 30 countries across three continents.
The Secretary-General takes note of the decision of the Malian Government to organize local elections on 20 November 2016. He acknowledges that the Malian Constitution precludes further postponement of the polls, which have already been rescheduled three times.
The Secretary-General condemns in the strongest terms the deadly complex attack that occurred today north of Douentza, in the Mopti region, claiming the life of two Malian civilians and killing one peacekeeper from Togo while injuring seven others.