Secretary General of United Nations (UN) Ban Ki-moon on Monday called for respect to results of Mali's presidential election in Mali, which will take place on July 28.
"I hope the election will be held in peace and free of any problems. Even if it's not perfect, still, all sides in the country must show respect," Ban told a press conference following a meeting with French President Francois Hollande in capital Paris.
France has maintained an active military presence in Mali since January when it launched its "Operation Serval" against several groups that became established in the country's north.
The Malian government signed a ceasefire deal late in June with Tuareg rebel group National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MLNA). The agreement enables the government authority and army to return to northern provinces under rebel control.
More than two dozens of candidates are competing in the election and a run-off will take place on August 11 if no hopeful wins an outright majority in the first round.