New York - United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday urged rival political leaders in restive Madagascar to expedite negotiations on the formation of a transitional government of national unity.
"The Secretary General welcomes the progress achieved in Madagascar towards the establishment of a Government of National Unity," a UN statement said.
Ban appealed to Malagasy leaders "to quickly conclude the negotiations for the appointment of members of the transitional government and make the necessary concessions to ensure that the transitional process runs smoothly".
And he vowed that the world body would remain remain engaged in the mediation process led by former Mozambican president Joaquim Chissano.
On Tuesday, Madagascar's political rivals reached a tentative agreement on a transitional government after talks with international mediators.