UN chief urges rebels in Mali to end violence

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A group of Tuareg men in traditional dress silhouetted on the crest of a sand dune at an oasis, west of Timbuktu, Mali.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has joined the UN Security Council in demanding that the rebels in Mali stop all violence and seek a peaceful solution through political dialogue.

The rebels in the north of the country are reported to be conducting attacks, looting property and taking territory.

Mr. Ban has also strongly condemned the forcible seizure of power by soldiers in Mali last month.

UN Spokesman Martin Nesirky says the Secretary-General has continued his engagement with regional and other leaders on the situation in Mali.

"In his discussions, the Secretary-General reaffirmed his support for regional efforts to find a peaceful and lasting solution to the crises in Mali aimed at ending the rebellion and restoring constitutional order and the country's territorial integrity."

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