The United Nations Security Council has agreed that a UN peacekeeping force of 12,600 troops should be deployed in Mali from 1 July.
Britain’s ambassador to the UN said there was “unanimous agreement” for UN peacekeepers to take over from the African-led operation imminently.
The UN will stick to a schedule drawn up in April.
International forces intervened in February to stop an Islamist advance on the capital, Bamako.
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