Security Council establishes UN mission in MaliListen /
The Security Council has authorized a United Nations mission in Mali.
On Thursday, council members unanimously voted in favour of establishing the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA).
The 11,000-strong force will take over from African troops in the country, which has faced more than a year of crisis including a military coup last March and an armed rebellion in the north.
Mali's Foreign Minister Tiéman Coulibaly, addressed the Security Council following the vote.
"Mali is fully prepared to welcome this mission which will be concentrated, amongst other things, on stabilising the main urban centres in the north, restoring the authority of the state, providing support for the road map, including political dialogue and the electoral process; the protection of civilians, the promotion and protection of human rights, as well as humanitarian assistance."
MINUSMA is set to deploy in July for an initial period of 12 months.
Dianne Penn, United Nations.