Marked increase in insecurity in Mali

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Hervé Ladsous (top right, on dais), Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, briefs the Security Council on the situation in Mali. Pictured listening is Abdoulaye Diop (foreground on dais), Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Republic of Mali.UN Photo/Loey Felipe

There has been a marked increase in insecurity in Mali as a result of more frequent clashes between armed groups since last December, according to the United Nations.

Security Council members on Thursday were briefed on the situation in the West African country, where a UN peacekeeping mission—MINUSMA—was established in April 2013.

One of its tasks has been to support the national political dialogue and reconciliation.

Stephanie Coutrix reports.

A coup d’état in early 2012 continues to breed instability and violence in Mali.

And hundreds of thousands of people still need humanitarian aid to survive.

The head of UN peacekeeping operations told the Security Council that Mali is experiencing a key moment in terms of rebuilding its political process.

Hervé Ladsous said it is important that all parties fully commit to reaching a political agreement.

Speaking in French, he said the international community has a crucial role to play in facilitating and supporting the dialogue.

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Mr Ladsous underlined that all Malian parties need to clearly distance themselves from violent and illicit activities.

He said while they were negotiating an agreement in Algiers, the capital of Algeria, a ceasefire agreement in Mali was violated with reports of serious security threats to civilians.

The peacekeeping chief added that no party should seek to regain ground militarily.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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