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UN to back Mali intervention force

December 21, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

The UN Security Council has authorised an African-led military force to try to oust Islamists from northern Mali.According to BBC News, the council unanimously voted to give the force an initial one-year mandate.The resolution also sets “benchmarks” for Mali, including political reconciliation and improved training for the military.Armed groups, some linked to al-Qaeda, took control of northern Mali after a military coup in March and established a harsh form of Islamic law.The Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) says it has 3,300 troops ready to go to Mali – although an operation is not expected to begin before September 2013.The resolution, drafted by France, sets out a multi-stage process for reunifying Mali.EU and other UN member states are tasked with helping to rebuild Mali’s army, which collapsed when Tuareg nationalists and Islamist rebels overran the north.The UN also reportedly wants political progress to be made before the m ilitary operation, including holding elections by April “or as soon as technically possible.”
The resolution emphasises that further military planning is needed and asks Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to “confirm in advance the council’s satisfaction with the planned military offensive operation”. 

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