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Growing divisions among Mali’s politicians and military, as well as among foreign powers, will delay plans for an internationally backed intervention to oust jihadists from the north and may even cause the plan to be abandoned. The significance of these splits emerged this week after an ill-tempered debate at the United Nations Security Council on 10 December when France and the United States differed openly about the schedule and structure of the intervention.

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France, United States, Cheick Modibo Diarra, Amadou Haya Sanogo, •, Ban Ki-moon, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Susan Rice, Reuben Brigety, Laurent Fabius, Dioncounda Traoré, Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, Côte d’Ivoire, Alassane Dramane Ouattara, Burkina Faso, Niger, Senegal, Germany, Guido Westerwelle, Italy, Romano Prodi, Mouvement national de soutien au comité national pour le redressement de la démocratie et la restauration de l’Etat, Mouvement national pour la libération de l’Azawad