Negotiations urged with armed groups in Mali

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UN Security Council in Mali. UN Photo/Marco Dormino

The Malian authorities are being urged to finalize negotiations with armed groups to reduce insecurity in the country.

Mali has experienced ongoing instability since early 2012, following a military coup d’état, fighting between Government forces and Tuareg rebels, as well as the seizure of its northern territory by radical Islamists.

Speaking during a visit of the 15-member UN Security Council to Mali, the Permanent Representative of France to the UN, Gerard Araud, said stabilising the country was crucial.

"We want a stabilization of Mali and this stabilization, we know, must come from negotiations between the Malian authorities and armed groups. Mali has made a big step forward. Successful elections were held which is remarkable. There are constitutional authorities in Mali. Well, now, they naturally must finalize negotiations with armed groups."

The UN is sending a peacekeeping force called MINUSMA to the country.

Its task is to support the political process in Mali, in close coordination with the African Union (AU) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

There have been concerns that the force has deployed too slowly.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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