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UN to oversee Mali peace mission July

From BBC
The AFL keeping peace  in  the Republic of Mali
The AFL keeping peace in the Republic of Mali

 The United Nations Security Council has agreed that a UN peacekeeping force of more than 12,000 troops should be deployed in Mali beginning July, 2013.

According to the BBC, Britain’s Ambassador to the UN said: “Unanimous agreement for UN peacekeepers to take over from the African-led operation is imminent.” “The UN will stick to a schedule drawn up in April.”

International forces intervened in February, 2013 to stop an Islamist advances on the capital, Bamako.
“The new UN force, known as MINUSMA, will face security and political obstacles, and will be deployed in extreme summer heat,” the BBC also noted.

“The force will provide security for a presidential election, due July 28, 2013,” the BBC added.
“Some clashes are continuing between Islamist groups and Tuarag rebels,” UN envoy to Mali, Albert Koenders said.

Mr. Koenders added: “There would be major challenges to hold the election as scheduled.”
France, key to the current deployment, will maintain at least 1,000 troops in the country for anti-terrorism operations, according to the BBC.

“The new peacekeeping contingent would initially comprise the vast majority of troops from the African mission already there,” British UN Ambassador, Mark Lyall Grant, told the From BBC.


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