UN: Malian leader lauds UN for helping to restore peace to war-torn north

New York, US (PANA) - Mali's President, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, has voiced his "profound
gratitude" to the UN for its help in restoring peace after a civil war erupted in the north of the African sub-Sahara country in 2012.

Speaking at the UN General Assembly on Tuesday, he stressed the need to adhere to the peace agreement signed earlier this year and the need for international help to see it fully
implemented.

"That is why I want to launch an urgent appeal to the international community, especially to the friends of Mali, with a view to mobilizing efficaciously of the technical, material and
financial resources necessary for the realization of the agreement," he said.

Keita also called for UN reform including expansion of the UN Security Council to include
African permanent and non-permanent members and to enhance equitable representation in global discourse.

Since 2012, the UN has maintained a Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in
Mali (MINUSMA), currently with an authorized troop ceiling of 11,240 military personnel,
including some 40 military observers, to monitor and supervise the new agreement.

But despite positive developments on the ground, the situation in Mali has long remained a challenge.

The government has been seeking to restore stability and rebuild following a series of
setbacks since early 2012, including a military coup d'état, renewed fighting between
government forces and Tuareg rebels, and the seizure of its northern territory by radical
Islamists.
-0- PANA AA/VAO 29Sept2015

29 september 2015 14:55:00




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