UN Security Council condemns continued hostilities in Mali Jamie Reese at 9:04 AM ET
[JURIST] The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) [official website] passed Resolution 2056 [text] on Thursday to address the continued hostilities in the country of Mali [JURIST news archive] and demand the violence come to an end. The unanimously adopted resolution [UN News Centre report] addresses continued humanitarian concerns and discourages rebel groups from associating with Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), a listed terrorist oraganization. Member states were also asked to submit names of known individuals and groups associated with the AQIM in order for sanctions to be used. The resolution focused on ending the conflict and restoring peace to the region, "recognizing the importance of supporting peace building efforts in order to achieve further progress in the stabilization of the country" by stressing economic development and international support in early recovery activities. Fighting resumed in Mali in January and since has uprooted nearly 320,000 people. The UNSC stated they would continue to examine the matter and encouraged close cooperation between Malian transitional authorities and other countries.
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