New York - The UN peacekeeping chief says a coalition of armed groups in northern Mali has indicated it will initial a proposed peace accord next week.
International mediators and Mali's government have approved the accord, after months of negotiations.
Herve Ladsous told the UN Security Council on Thursday that the Coordination of Azawad Movements signalled its intention in a meeting last week in Algeria with the lead mediator and a UN envoy.
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Mali's foreign minister is urging the council to send a signal for the coalition of armed groups to move swiftly into signing the agreement.
A UN force is trying to stabilize northern Mali after Tuareg rebel groups and then al-Qaeda-linked militants seized control in the past few years.
The coalition of armed groups wants autonomy for Mali's north.