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Vol 53 No 20

Published 5th October 2012


Come if you must

There is next to no political consensus in Mali itself for military intervention, however much support the UN and Ecowas can muster

President Dioncounda Traoré’s formal request to the United Nations was clear. On 18 September, he asked for a resolution for military intervention, under Chapter 7 of the UN Charter, ‘to assist the Malian Army in recapturing the occupied northern regions’. However, the Malian army itself is not under unified command and there is no solid political consensus behind the interim government’s request.

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