UNITED NATIONS: The U.N. Security Council will consider plans to deploy a new U.N. peacekeeping force to Mali to help pacify the northern part of the West African country following France’s ejection of hard-line Islamists from the cities there, a senior diplomat said yesterday.
The Security Council last month passed a resolution approving a multinational African force to help stabilize Mali.
But with the Islamist forces in retreat, that plan has been overtaken by events on the ground.
Instead, the Security Council will discuss a regular U.N. peacekeeping force for Mali instead, the senior Western diplomat said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the plans were in an early phase of discussion.
The force would probably be composed of 3,000 to 5,000 peacekeepers, the diplomat said.
A U.N. peacekeeping force would be a positive development, French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said yesterday on France-Inter radio.