Mali seeks French help against extremists
UNITED NATIONS (AP) - Mali's president asked France for help to counter an offensive by extremist and terrorist groups who control the northern half of the country and are heading south.
France's UN Ambassador Gerard Araud told reporters after an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council that urgent action is needed against the groups who captured the city of Konna on Thursday and are now threatening the city of Mopti, which has 100,000 inhabitants.
The Security Council expressed "grave concern" at the military action by the terrorist and extremist groups and called on UN member states "to provide assistance to the Malian Defence and Security Forces in order to reduce the threat posed by terrorist organisations and associated groups."
Mr Araud said it was urgent to act against the threat and to work to restore the country's stability.