UNITED NATIONS, Jan. 18 (Xinhua) -- The United Nations is deploying a multidisciplinary force, with the arrival of its advance team in the Malian capital of Bamako on Saturday to help Mali with the efforts to restore constitutional order and territorial integrity in the West African country, UN spokesman Martin Nesirky told reporters here Friday.
"In continuation of UN efforts to assist with the restoration of the constitutional order and territorial integrity of Mali, the multidisciplinary presence called for in Security Council resolution 2085 is deploying with the arrival in Bamako of an advance team on Saturday and the start of its consultations with the Malian Authorities on Monday, 21 January," Nesirky said at a daily news briefing here.
"The initial team will be headed by Mr. Joao Honwana, director of the Africa II Division of the Department of Political Affairs, and the initial team will include representatives of the Departments of Field Support, Peacekeeping Operations, Public Information, Safety and Security, and also the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights," he said.
"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 said.
The resolution 2085 was unanimously adopted by the 15 council members in December 20, 2012. Under its specifications, an African- led mission could be deployed to Mali in coordination with other partners, including the European Union and other UN member states.
Malian government forces are fighting against the rebels who occupied the northern part of the country after a military coup in March 2012.