International mission in Mali needs UN resources: Foreign Minister

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Mother with her children in Mali (© UNICEF Mali/2012)

The International Support Mission in Mali (MISMA) needs resources from the United Nations in order to fulfill its mandate.

That's what the Foreign Minister of Mali Tieman Huber Coulibal told UN Radio before the Security Council held closed- door consultations on Mali on Monday.

Mr. Coulibal spoke as French and African forces continue operations to restore government control of the northern part of Mali which has been occupied by Islamic insurgents.

"The resources at the disposal of the peacekeeping operations must be made available to the MISMA as well as what the donors have announced in Addis Ababa a few weeks ago, for this mission to be strengthened and able to work for a first term, which I think will be about a year. It must also allow the moral, material and operational reconstruction of the Malian army so that it can fulfill its mission as it has always been the case." (27")

The Malian Foreign Minister said he expects the Security Council to vote on the stabilization force for Mali next month and for it to be operational around the first of July.

Within 12 to 18 months, he added, Mali could be out of what he calls "the completely sad phase of its history."

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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