France says it's time to deploy a military force in Mali

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Gérard Araud

The representative of France says it's time for the Security Council to approve the deployment of a military force in Mali to help the government recapture parts of the country controlled by rebels.

Islamist rebels captured the northern and eastern parts of Mali after a military coup in March created a power vacuum.

French Ambassador Gérard Araud told reporters in New York on Thursday that a new Security Council resolution is needed to respond to the request by the Malian authorities for military assistance.

He said France will be working on a text calling for a military and political response to the crisis.

"As the President of the French Republic and the Minister of Foreign Affairs declared last in front of the General Assembly but also in front of a high level event organized by the Secretary-General, we have to act in Mali because the northern part of Mali is becoming a hub for terrorist groups and it's threatening not only Mali but also the region and beyond the region the world, we have to act as quickly as possible. We know that we have to act in political and military terms."

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