Mali: with northern rebel ceasefire holding, UN agencies scale up relief measures

A ceasefire agreed between the Government and three rebel groups in restive northern Mali appears to be holding, the United Nations reported today, warning however that recent deadly violence in the flashpoint city of Kidal has displaced some 4,000 people who now desperately need food, water and other necessities.

Mali: fresh violence uproots civilians, as UN official heads north to push for ceasefire

Deadly clashes between Tuareg rebels and Government forces in northern Mali have sent a “small but growing” number of terrified civilians fleeing southward and into neighbouring countries, the United Nations refugee agency said today, while senior UN and African Union officials are in Kidal to push for a ceasefire.

Mali: Ban urges immediate end to fighting amid rapidly deteriorating situation in Kidal

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced his deep concern at the rapidly deteriorating situation in the northern Malian town of Kidal, where the United Nations says renewed violence threatens to once again destabilize the country.

Renewed violence in northern Mali threatens to destabilize entire sub-region, senior UN official warns

Briefing the United Nations Security Council in the wake deadly violence that rocked the northern Malian town of Kidal this past weekend, the top UN official in the country urged all parties today to take immediate steps to de-escalate tensions and avoid further provocation to keep the long-troubled region from sliding back into crisis.

Mali: UN, European Union team up to restore Timbuktu’s cultural heritage

The United Nations and the European Union have forged an agreement today to fund the restoration of cultural heritage in Timbuktu that was destroyed by extremists after fighting broke out in 2012 between Malian Government forces and Tuareg rebels.