Ban stresses the need to pursue a political process in Mali

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses opening ceremony of the 18th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the bilateral support provided to the Government of Mali in its efforts to counter attacks by Jihadist groups.

In talks with the Interim President of Mali Dioncounda Traore, the Secretary-General stressed the need to pursue a political process that would lead to a consensual roadmap for the transition to full constitutional order, in parallel with ongoing military operations.

A read-out of the meeting from the UN Spokespersons' office says the Secretary-General expressed concerns over reports of human rights violations and called on the President to ensure that human rights and humanitarian norms are respected by national and international troops in Mali.

They also discussed the deployment of the African-led International Support Mission in Mali, AFISMA and UN support in this regard. They exchanged views on the newly-established UN multidisciplinary office in Bamako.

The Secretary-General also met with the presidents of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda and Uganda, among others on the sidelines of a weekend summit of the African Union in Addis Ababa.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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