UNSC gives go ahead for plans to retake north
The 15 member United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has asked Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon to provide military and security planners to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) as well as the African Union (AU) to help prepare a military force to take back the northern areas of Mali.
The UNSC has given 45 days for completion of the project and has said that it is ready to “respond to the request of the Transitional authorities of Mali regarding an international military force assisting the Malian Armed Forces in recovering the occupied regions in the north of Mali.”
French president Francois Hollande is currently touring Africa and is expected to urge military action sooner rather than later. Al Qaeda-linked Islamists in Mali have in turn said that they will “open the doors of hell” for French citizens if France keeps pushing for armed intervention according to Reuters.
The Islamists are reportedly recruiting more fighters including child fighters and have imposed strict Sharia on their controlled areas.