UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. Security Council is threatening sanctions against all those in Mali who jeopardize prospects for peace by resuming hostilities and violating a cease-fire.
The council urged the government and opposition groups Friday to resume peace talks in Algeria without delay and reach a comprehensive agreement that addresses the root causes of the conflict in the west African nation.
Northern Mali fell under control of Tuareg separatists and then al-Qaida-linked Islamic extremists following a military coup in 2012. A French-led intervention in 2013 scattered the extremists, but some remain active and there have been continued bursts of violence. U.N. troops are now trying to stabilize the north.
The council statement urged both sides in the Algiers talks to make concessions to achieve peace.