UN plans new peacekeeping force for Mali

2013-02-01 07:55

New York - A top diplomat says the UN Security Council will consider plans for a new UN peacekeeping force for Mali following France's ejection of hard-line Islamists from the West African country's northern cities.

The council last month passed a resolution approving a multinational African force to help stabilise Mali. But with the Islamist rebels in retreat, that plan has been overtaken by events on the ground.

The Security Council instead will discuss a regular UN peacekeeping force to replace the plan for the African-led force. That's according to a senior Western diplomat who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The diplomat says that "There is increasing talk of moving straight to a UN peacekeeping operation".