Mali - Emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council (Q&A - Excerpt from the daily press briefing - January 11, 2013)
Q. – Malian President Dioncounda Traoré wrote to President François Hollande yesterday to ask him for military assistance from France. The French Ambassador to the UN promised a response from France today. What is France’s response?
A : The situation is extremely serious. The continuity of the Malian state and the protection of civilians are now at stake.
We’re extremely worried about this blatant aggression, which is a real, direct and immediate threat to peace and regional and international security.
This is why yesterday evening France called for an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council. The Security Council unanimously expressed its deep concern and stressed the need for the swift deployment of the African force and the European mission.
As President Hollande has just said, France will respond, alongside her African partners, to the Malian authorities’ request. She will do this strictly in the framework of the United Nations Security Council resolutions and will be ready to stop the terrorist offensive, were it to continue.
For the moment, the situation in Bamako is calm. All steps have been taken to protect the French community in Mali. We ask our compatriots to remain vigilant and in contact with our embassy.