The Freeland File
Aerospace & Defense
Global Market Data
Tales from the Trail
Lucy P. Marcus
David Cay Johnston
The Great Debate
Jack & Suzy Welch
Macro & Markets
Lipper Awards 2012
Personal Finance Video
Photos of the week
A look at our top images of the past week. See more
Images of June
UPDATE 2-Olympics-Cycling-Vino spoils British road race party
Facebook's value slides by $10 billion; outlook unclear
27 Jul 2012
Pop music too loud and all sounds the same: official
26 Jul 2012
UPDATE 1-Olympics-Swimming-Park reinstated after DQ, Phelps survives
Mexico urges U.S. to review gun laws after Colorado shooting
Penn State hit with $60 million fine, other penalties for Sandusky scandal
Obama attacks on taxes and Bain hit Romney ratings
Rebels continue fighting government forces
London Olympics kicks off with fireworks
Fri, Jul 27 2012
Dow claws back above 13,000
Fri, Jul 27 2012
Our day's top images, in-depth photo essays and offbeat slices of life. See the best of Reuters photography. See more | Photo caption
Highlights from the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games. Slideshow
The Olympic Village
Where the athletes will live during the London Olympics. Slideshow
African heads to again seek U.N. Mali mandate: Ouattara
Al Qaeda's richest faction dominant in north Mali: U.S.
Thu, Jul 26 2012
Russia, China veto U.N. Security Council resolution on Syria
Thu, Jul 19 2012
Syrian battles rage in capital, Russia pressed
Tue, Jul 17 2012
U.N. stops short of endorsing intervention in Mali
Thu, Jul 5 2012
Local wars blur al Qaeda's threat to West
Thu, Jul 5 2012
Ivory Coast »
Sat Jul 28, 2012 4:34pm EDT
PARIS (Reuters) - West African leaders are poised to submit a new request for military invention in Mali to the U.N. Security Council, and boots could be on the ground within weeks, Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara told French weekly Journal du Dimanche.
"A new request to the U.N. Security Council will be shortly submitted in the name of the Economic Community of West African States that I preside over," Ouattara said in the interview to be published in Sunday's edition.
"If the situation does not change for the better, yes, there will be military intervention in Mali," he said, adding that it could happen within "weeks and not months".
Al-Qaeda-linked rebel forces have taken over the northern zones of the West African nation once seen as a model of democracy in the otherwise turbulent region.
The country is still reeling from a March coup in the capital that has rocked its institutions. Its interim president returned on Friday after weeks convalescing abroad following an attack by a mob.
The envisioned African force would be made up of soldiers from Mali, Niger, Nigeria, and possibly Chad and other countries, Ouattara said.
The West African bloc (ECOWAS) is looking to France and the United States to provide logistical support, he said, citing equipment as well as advisors.
"The fact that France assumes in August the rotating presidency of the U.N. Security Council is very good news because we are totally in sync with the French authorities," he added.
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius - who has similarly cited the probable use of military force in Mali - is in Africa this weekend to discuss solutions to the crisis.
President Francois Hollande has said it is up to Africans to decide how to restore stability to the region, but that France would support those efforts to intervene.
Earlier this month, the U.N. Security Council endorsed political efforts by West African leaders to end the unrest in Mali, but stopped short of backing force.
It said it was ready to examine the ECOWAS request once additional detail was provided on the proposed intervention.
According to ECOWAS planners, African forces would first restore stability in the capital of Bamako. After that, regional militaries will help revamp Mali's defeated military and look at helping it retake the north, however details remain sketchy.
(Reporting By Alexandria Sage)
Related Quotes and News
We welcome comments that advance the story through relevant opinion, anecdotes, links and data. If you see a comment that you believe is irrelevant or inappropriate, you can flag it to our editors by using the report abuse links. Views expressed in the comments do not represent those of Reuters. For more information on our comment policy, see http://blogs.reuters.com/fulldisclosure/2010/09/27/toward-a-more-thoughtful-conversation-on-stories/
Be the first to comment on reuters.com.
Add yours using the box above.
Back to top
New York Legal
Support & Contact
Connect with Reuters
Our Flagship financial information platform incorporating Reuters Insider
An ultra-low latency infrastructure for electronic trading and data distribution
A connected approach to governance, risk and compliance
Our next generation legal research platform
Our global tax workstation
About Thomson Reuters
Thomson Reuters is the world's largest international multimedia news agency, providing investing news, world news, business news, technology news, headline news, small business news, news alerts, personal finance, stock market, and mutual funds information available on Reuters.com, video, mobile, and interactive television platforms. Thomson Reuters journalists are subject to an Editorial Handbook which requires fair presentation and disclosure of relevant interests.
NYSE and AMEX quotes delayed by at least 20 minutes. Nasdaq delayed by at least 15 minutes. For a complete list of exchanges and delays, please click here.