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