Security Council condemns attacks by rebels in northern Mali

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The Security Council has strongly condemned the continued military attacks by Tuareg rebels supported by radical Islamists in northern Mali.

In a statement on Wednesday, the 15-member Council called on the rebels to immediately stop all violence.

It also urged all politicians in Mali to engage in political dialogue to find a peaceful solution to the problems of the country where a coup d'état took place two weeks ago.

The Security Council's statement was read by Ambassador Jeffrey DeLaurentis of the United States.

"The Security Council strongly condemns the continued attacks, looting and seizure of territory carried out by rebel groups in the North of Mali and demands an immediate cessation of hostilities. The Council is alarmed by the presence in the region of the terrorist group Al Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb, which could lead to a further destabilization of the security situation."

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The Security Council reiterated its strong condemnation of the forcible seizure of power from the democratically-elected Government of Mali by some elements of the Malian armed forces.

It called on the mutineers to ensure the safety and security of all Malian officials and demanded the immediate release of those detained.

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