Mali: UNESCO chief deplores new destruction of Timbuktu mausoleums

The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has called on the international community to act urgently to protect Mali's cultural heritage after the latest wave of destruction at Timbuktu.

Ban urges all actors in Mali to finalize transitional roadmap to end crisis

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged all actors in Mali to swiftly finalize and implement a transitional roadmap leading to elections in order to bring the crisis in the country, and the suffering of its people, to an end.

Security Council authorizes mission in Mali

The Security Council has authorized the deployment of a mission in Mali which is plagued by political instability since a military coup in March.

In addition to this, armed rebels now control the northern parts of the country.

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UN Security Council authorizes African-led intervention force in Mali

The Security Council today authorized the deployment of an African-led International Support Mission in Mali, to be known as AFISMA, for an initial period of one year to assist the authorities in recovering rebel-held regions in the north and restoring the unity of the country.

UN Secretary-General and Security Council speak out after arrest of Malian Prime Minister

The arrest of Mali’s Prime Minister by members of the country’s armed forces, which led to his resignation and the dismissal of the Government, has prompted condemnation by the United Nations Security Council and a call by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for an end to military interference in politics.

Political dialogue, not military force, priority in tackling Mali crisis, Security Council told

A military operation may be required as a last resort to deal with terrorist and criminal elements in northern Mali, but the priority must be on supporting the national authorities to restore constitutional order and reach a political settlement to the ongoing crisis, the Security Council was told today.

Vital to preserve Mali’s unity when tackling its political crisis, says UN envoy

A top United Nations official today stressed the need to preserve the unity of Mali, which has been divided since rebels took control of the north earlier this year, while at the same time tackling the country’s humanitarian and development needs.

Secretary-General discusses Mali crisis in meetings with foreign officials

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today discussed the ongoing crisis in Mali in a meeting with Germany’s top foreign affairs official, stressing the need to find a political solution to the conflict.

More people displaced by turmoil in Mali than previously estimated - UN refugee agency

New data on the number of Malians who have left or been driven from their homes amid conflict and other threats show the total is almost 60 per cent higher than previously thought, the United Nations refugee agency said today.

Mali: any military action should not worsen existing tensions, deputy UN chief tells meeting

The international community must help the Malian authorities put in place a credible political process that addresses the underlying causes of the country’s crisis and helps them with any military operations which may be needed to return parts of the country to Government control – while also ensuring that military action “does not exacerbate existing tensions or worsen an already fragile humanitarian situation.”