Paris - The U.N. Security Council is discussing a new resolution to curb the unrest in Mali, and France is confident it will be adopted, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Tuesday.

“A new resolution is being discussed at the United Nations and we are hopeful that it will be adopted. That would enable our African friends to take a series of decisions and base themselves on international legality,” Fabius said following a meeting with his German counterpart Guido Westerwelle.

Mali's neighbours are seeking U.N. backing for military intervention to stabilise the country, much of which has fallen under the control of Islamist militants and rebels since collapsing into chaos in March after its president was toppled. - Reuters