UN Security Council condemns coup in Mali

UN Security Council condemns coup in Mali United Nations: The UN Security Council is condemning the "forcible takeover" of Mali by mutinous soldiers.

The statement read today at the opening of a Security Council session on peacekeeping operations calls on the rebels to cease all violence and return to their barracks.

The council wants the west African country to be able to go ahead with previously scheduled elections this spring.

The council says the upheaval in Mali is compounding problems in the region caused by drought, food shortages and the influx of workers and fighters leaving Libya after the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi last year.