A suicide bombing on Wednesday which targeted government troops in Mali, killing dozens, should be seen as a “direct attack on the peace process” there.
That’s according to the UN Under-Secretary-General for peacekeeping, Hervé Ladsous, addressing the Security Council on Wednesday, warning that the country stood at a “crossroads.”
A UN-brokered peace deal was signed in June 2015 to end years of fighting between government forces and Tuareg-led rebels, but attempts to bring all the sides together are moving slowly.
Borders established by colonial powers in North Africa created new nations but devastated the region’s indigenous people, according to an activist from Libya.
Akli Sh’kka said his people, the Tuareg, are still experiencing the fallout from what he characterises as a “crime.”
Mr Sh’kka heads the Imouhagh International Organisation for the Sake of Justice & Transparency based in Brighton in the United Kingdom.