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UN security council urges dialogue in Mali to overcome differences

04-10-2012 10:41 BJT

UNITED NATIONS, April 9 (Xinhua) -- The UN Security Council on Monday called on all parties in Mali to solve their differences through dialogue after the March 26 military coup in the West African country.

A press statement, issued by the 15-nation council, said that the council members "call for the immediate release of all abductees and the immediate cessation of all violence and renew their call to all parties in Mali to seek a peaceful solution through appropriate political dialogue."

"They demand an immediate cessation of hostilities in the north of Mali by rebel groups and acknowledge the efforts of ECOWAS (the Economic Community of West African States) to explore options to restore peace and security in Mali," the statement said.

On March 26, the UN Security Council expressed its strong condemnation of a recent coup d'etat in Mali and called for order to be restored in the West African country.

The coup in Mali took place on the morning of March 22, when the National Committee for Redressment of Democracy and Restoration of the State (CNRDR) overthrew Malian President Amadou Toumani Toure.

On April 6, the ECOWAS and Mali's junta signed an agreement providing for a series of steps for the restoration of constitutional order in Mali.

The council members "urge all concerned Malian stakeholders to implement this agreement immediately," the statement said.

"The members of the Security Council reaffirm their full support to the efforts made by ECOWAS and its mediator, President Blaise Compaore, as well as by the special representative of the (UN) secretary-general for West Africa and by the African Union, for the restoration of constitutional rule in Mali as well as for initiating concrete steps to protect the sovereignty, unity, and territorial integrity of Mali," the statement said.

"The members of the Security Council reaffirm the need to uphold and respect the sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity of Mali and reject categorically any declarations to the contrary," the statement said.

"The members of the Security Council express deep concern at the increased terrorist threat in the north of Mali due to the presence among the rebels of members of al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb and extremist elements," the statement said.

"In this regard they condemn all violence and looting, including against humanitarian workers, and the abduction in Gao of Algerian diplomatic personnel," said the statement.

"The members of the Security Council reiterate their serious concern over the rapidly deteriorating humanitarian situation," the statement said.

Editor:Wang Lingfei |Source: Xinhua

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