Ban calls for immediate end to hostilities in northern Mali amid surge in violence

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for an immediate end to hostilities in northern Mali and expressed concern over ceasefire violations that have occurred in the country in recent days at a “critical moment” in the peace process to bring all parties to sign the draft peace agreement.

Mali: senior UN official urges parties to ‘immediately cease hostilities’

Amid an upsurge in violence in Mali, the top United Nations official there today warned parties about the serious consequences their actions could have on the country’s peace process.

Mali: Ban voices concern over series of targeted attacks against UN mission and personnel

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has voiced deep concern over a series of attacks targeting the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) which have resulted in numerous casualties, a statement issued by a UN spokesperson said today.

Mali: UN mission condemns ‘cowardly and heinous’ attack on compound

The United Nations in Mali condemned today’s deadly attack on its Gao area compound that injured nine peacekeepers, killed at least three civilians and injured seven others, calling it a “cowardly and heinous” act.

Spate of violent attacks in Mali draws UN rights office concern

The United Nations human rights office today said it is “deeply disturbed” at the series of violent attacks that have occurred in the Gao and Kidal regions of northern Mali, making an already precarious security situation more volatile.

Mali: Security Council welcomes political agreement as ‘historic’ step towards peace

The members of the United Nations Security Council today welcomed a peace and reconciliation accord between the Malian Government, armed groups and an international mediation team in what the body described as an “historic opportunity” for resolving the African country’s ongoing political and security crisis.

Mali parties must seize ‘historic opportunity’ to resolve crisis – UN peacekeeping chief

The international community must continue to support dialogue between Malian stakeholders to achieve a political solution to the crisis, the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations told the Security Council this morning, calling on all parties to the conflict to seize this historic opportunity to reach a settlement.

UN inquiry into violent Mali protests submits report; Ban ‘profoundly regrets’ civilian casualties

An inquiry launched in February to determine the facts surrounding a violent demonstration in Gao, Mali, in front of the regional headquarters of the United Nations mission in the country has submitted its report, according to a statement made today by the Secretary-General’s spokesperson.

UN agency launches project to boost agricultural production in northern Mali

A new project aimed at restoring the livelihoods of some 33,000 households affected by armed conflict and climate change in northern Mali has been launched today by the country’s Government and the United Nations agriculture agency.