UN says Mali election peaceful

UN says Mali election peaceful
# 30 July 2013 01:03 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. The United Nations Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) reported that Sunday's voting in the first round of Mali's presidential election took place peacefully, and stressed the need to respect the results, a UN spokesman said here Monday, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

"Turnout is reported to have been high across the country, although no official figures have been released yet," Eduardo del Buey, the deputy UN spokesman, said at a daily news briefing here.

The July 28 elections were seen as an important step on the path to recovery for Mali, which, over the past year, witnessed a military coup d'tat, renewed fighting between government forces and Tuareg rebels, and the seizure of its northern territory by radical Islamists.

"The Mission adds that international and national observers were present in all regions, including Timbuktu, Gao and Kidal," del Buey said. "The Mission provided security support to the Malian Defence and Security Forces throughout the day, and continues to help secure the counting centers."

"MINUSMA acknowledges the excellent cooperation between UN and Malian forces in the provision of electoral security," he said.

"The special representative of the (UN) secretary-general, Bert Koenders, together with the heads of the international observer missions and some key ambassadors, met the presidential candidates on Monday to discuss the process and the next steps," del Buey said. "All were reminded of the need to respect the results, and to address any complaints through established legal processes."

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