Security Council considers military force for MaliListen /
The Security Council on Friday held out the possibility of endorsing an international military force to restore the unity of Mali.
In a resolution adopted unanimously, the Council says that the control of northern Mali by terrorists and Islamic militants is a threat to regional peace.
It urges UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to work on a plan with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and its partners, and report back within 45 days.
Ambassador Gert Rosenthal of Guatemala is the President of the Security Council in October.
"A request was made from the Provisional government of Mali both the Secretary-General of the UN, to the President of the Security Council and, of course, to the President of ECOWAS. So there are consultations and we are all trying to get our act together. So this is a first resolution and I think it will be followed by a more detailed plan in the weeks ahead."