facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

U.K. calls for political order in Mali

Dec. 12, 2012 at 12:04 PM   |   Comments

LONDON, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- The British government calls on Malians to appoint a government of national unity to put reconciliation back on course, a foreign minister said.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in a statement issued by his spokesman, said he was "troubled" by circumstances leading to this week's resignation of Malian Prime Minister Cheick Modibo Diarra.

Diarra resigned after he was arrested in his home in Bamako by soldiers who supported a coup this year.

British Foreign Office Minister for Africa Mark Simmonds expressed deep concern about political developments in Mali.

"The rapid appointment of a new government of national unity to take forward the political road map toward democratic elections and the reunification of Mali is critical to further progress," he said in a statement.

Military leaders had said Diarra was in the way of political developments in the country. Foreign and Islamic rebels this year claimed authority over northern Mali. U.S. officials had said they were worried the region may turn into an al-Qaida breeding ground given its lawless state.

African leaders have formulated a plan for military intervention, though U.N. officials had said force should be used as a last resort.

© 2012 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
School accused of using girl as rape bait; girl gets attacked School accused of using girl as rape bait; girl gets attacked
2
Man who raped pit bull puppy sentenced to five years in prison Man who raped pit bull puppy sentenced to five years in prison
3
40 Islamic State fighters killed in U.S. air strike 40 Islamic State fighters killed in U.S. air strike
4
Man beaten to death with barbell in San Francisco gym Man beaten to death with barbell in San Francisco gym
5
Snowden reveals connection between NSA and Israel's spying on Palestinians Snowden reveals connection between NSA and Israel's spying on Palestinians
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback