Security Council examining request for UN mandate for African troops in Mali
|Publisher||UN News Service|
|Publication Date||18 June 2012|
|Cite as||UN News Service, Security Council examining request for UN mandate for African troops in Mali, 18 June 2012, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4fe046252.html [accessed 22 September 2014]|
Fighting resumed in January in northern Mali between Government forces and Tuareg rebels. The instability and insecurity resulting from the renewed clashes, as well as the proliferation of armed groups in that region, and a deepening crisis due to a coup d'état in March, have uprooted nearly 320,000 people, with many of them fleeing to neighbouring countries.
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the African Union have requested a Security Council mandate authorizing the deployment of an ECOWAS stabilization force to ensure the protection of Malian state institutions and assist in upholding the territorial integrity of Mali and in combating terrorism.
The request was discussed during a meeting between the Council and a high-level delegation last Friday in New York.
Council members took note of the request, according to a statement issued by the 15-member body to the press.
They "expressed their readiness to further examine the request of ECOWAS once additional information has been provided regarding the objectives, means and modalities of the envisaged deployment and other possible measures," it said.
"The members of the Security Council encouraged a political settlement of the crisis and reiterated their full support to the mediation efforts currently made by ECOWAS and its mediator, President Blaise Compaoré, as well as by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for West Africa and by the African Union," the statement added.