UN agrees to help Mali find a peaceful solution to the conflict

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets with H.E. Mr. Cheick Modibo Diarra, Prime Minister of Mali.

The United Nations has agreed to Mali's request for support in finding a peaceful solution to the conflict, according to a statement issued by the Secretary-General's Spokesperson.

Mr. Ban Ki-moon met with Mali's Prime Minister on the sidelines of the 67th General Assembly to discuss the modalities.

Jocelyne Sambira has more.

Mali has been facing political, security as well as humanitarian challenges following an attempted coup which took place in March last year.

The UN says over 250,000 Malians have fled to neighbouring countries and some 174,000 are estimated to be internally displaced.

Mr. Ban reassured Mr. Cheick Modibo Diarra of the organizations' support to the West African nation in its efforts to fully re-establish constitutional order and its territorial integrity, the statement reads.

The two also exchanged views on the situation in northern Mali where clashes between government forces and Tuareg rebels continue.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

Duration:  40″

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