Thursday, March 22, 2012

UN Security Council appeals for calm in Mali

UNITED NATIONS: The UN Security Council appealed for calm in Mali and will have an emergency briefing Thursday on the battles in the capital between renegade soldiers and the presidential guard.

"Members of the council expressed concern about the reports of military disturbances in Mali. They appealed for calm from all stakeholders and respect for the constitutional order," said Britain's UN ambassador Mark Lyall Grant, the council president for March.

He said the fears were raised during a closed meeting on Wednesday as reports emerged of the fighting in the Mali capital Bamako.

The UN political department was to brief the council on the uprising on Thursday, Lyall Grant added.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon is also "following with deep concern the developments today in Mali," said his spokesman Martin Nesirky.

"He calls for calm and for grievances to be resolved peacefully and within the democratic process," added the spokesman.

- AFP/ck

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Source From Channel News Asia

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