A United Nations team is set to arrive in the Malian capital of Bamako Saturday to support the national authorities in their quest to restore constitutional order and territorial integrity.
The advance team, led by Joao Honwana of the Department of Political Affairs (DPA), will start its consultations with the Malian authorities on Monday, UN spokesperson Martin Nesirky told reporters in New York.
"The role of the advance team is to engage with the Malian authorities to ensure full UN support in the implementation of resolution 2085 on both its political and security tracks," he stated.
Resolution 2085, adopted by the Security Council in December 2012, authorized the deployment of an African-led International Support Mission in Mali, known as AFISMA, for an initial period of one year to assist the authorities in recovering rebel-held regions in the north and restoring the unity of the country.
The resolution also requested the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to establish, in consultation with the national authorities and for an initial period of one year, a "multidisciplinary United Nations presence in Mali" to provide coordinated and coherent support to the ongoing political and security processes in the country.