Security Council concerned about terrorist attacks in MaliListen /
The Security Council has warned that the capture of the city of Konna by terrorist groups in Mali is a direct threat to international peace and security.
The warning follows reports that the militant Islamist Ansar Dine on Thursday entered the key central town about 500 miles north-east of the capital, Bamako.
In a statement issued late on Thursday, the Security Council reiterates its call on Member States to help the Malian Defense Force reduce the threat posed by terrorist organizations and associated groups.
Ambassador Mohammad Masood Khan of Pakistan is the President of the Security Council for January.
"The members of the Security Council express their grave concern over the reported military movements and attacks by terrorist and extremist groups in the north of Mali, in particular their capture of the city of Konna, near Mopti. This serious deterioration of the situation threatens even more the stability and integrity of Mali and constitutes a direct threat to international peace and security."
The members of the Security Council urge all parties in Mali to agree on a political map which includes negotiations with what it calls non-extremist Malians to resolve the political crisis in the country.
They also call for a rapid deployment of the African-led International Support Mission in Mali (AFISMA).
Donn Bobb, United Nations.