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Mali (Q&A - Excerpt from the daily press briefing - september 6, 2012)

Q : The announcement by a French diplomat relating to a request by Mali for West African troops to intervene in order to liberate northern Mali hasn’t been confirmed by Bamako and the Ivorian government is even saying that Mali has requested the assistance of ECOWAS but not the deployment of foreign troops. As far as you know, has Bamako explicitly requested any intervention by ECOWAS troops? Will the next step involve bringing the matter before the Security Council?

A : The secretary general of the Malian presidency has confirmed that President Traoré has made a formal request to the ECOWAS countries for concerted action in order to help the Malian army to fight against terrorism and to retake the north of the country. This request is a crucial step that will enable the Security Council to authorize a stabilization operation in Mali. In its resolution 2056 on Mali, the Security Council expressed its willingness to further explore the possibility of ECOWAS support for the stabilization of Mali once the objectives, means and modalities of this deployment have been identified.

A high-level conference devoted to the Sahel, chaired by the UN Secretary-General and aimed at strengthening international mobilization, will take place on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly on September 26. France will participate in this conference.


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