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The United Nations Security Council has called for “a rapid deployment” of the African-led international force to confront rebels in Mali. UNTV / WFP / UNHCR

 

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DATELINE: 10 JANUARY 2012, NEW YORK CITY / FILE


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FILE - UNTV - 2012, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations headquarters

UNTV - 10 JANUARY 2012, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council President approaching the microphone

FILE - UNTV - RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

3. Close up, reporter's hands taking notes

UNTV - 10 JANUARY 2012, NEW YORK CITY

4. SOUNDBITE (English) Masood Khan, Permanent Representative of Pakistan and President of the Security Council:
"This serious deterioration of the situation threatens even more the stability and integrity of Mali and constitutes a direct threat to international peace and security.”
5. Cutaway, journalist taking notes
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Masood Khan, Permanent Representative of Pakistan and President of the Security Council:
"They call for a rapid deployment of the African-led international Support Mission in Mali (AFISMA).”
7. Wide shot, French Ambassador walk-up
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Gerard Araud, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations:
"This terrorist attack weakens even more the stability of Mali and thereby that of its neighbours. Sustainability of the Malian government and the protection of civilian populations are now at stake."

8 OCTOBER, MOPTI, MALI

9. Wide shot, port with barge
10. Med shot, men carrying bags onto barge
11. Tracking shot, barge "Mopti to Timbuktu"

18 NOVEMBER 2012, MOPTI, MALI

12. Wide shot, UNHCR tents
13. Wide shot, a woman with children
14. Wide shot, children, one of them clapping
15. Wide shot, UNHCR aid supplies
16. Wide shot, refugees collecting blankets

4 DECEMBER 2012, MOPTI, MALI

17. Close up, grains
18. Various shots, food distribution

4 DECEMBER 2012, WAILIRDE SCHOOL, SEVARE, MOPTI, MALI

19. Wide shot, food distribution
20. Wide shot, children eating
21. Close up, people taking food from bowls

4 DECEMBER 2012, SEVARE IDP CAMP, MOPTI, MALI

22. Wide shot, IDPs tents


STORYLINE:

The United Nations Security Council has called for “a rapid deployment” of the African-led international force to confront rebels in Mali.

The council, meeting in an usual evening session Thursday also expressed grave concern over the reported military movements and attacks by terrorist and extremist groups in northern Mali, who captured the town of Konna on Thursday and are reportedly threatening the central city of Mopti, a hub for UN humanitarian operations that has been sheltering tens of thousands of displaced people from the North.
Masood Khan, Permanent Representative of Pakistan and President of the Security Council, briefing reporters on the council’s work after a closed door meeting, said, "They call for a rapid deployment of the African-led international Support Mission in Mali (AFISMA).”


“This serious deterioration of the situation threatens even more the stability and integrity of Mali and constitutes a direct threat to international peace and security,” the members of the Council added in a press statement issued on Thursday night, after the briefing on the situation from the UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman.

According to media reports, on Thursday, Islamist rebels seized control of Konna – a city of 50,000 people some 700 kilometres north-east of the capital, Bamako.

The French President Francois Hollande today (11 January) indicated France would respond "within a UN framework" to a request by Mali's interim President Dioncounda Traore for help from the former colonial power.

The request was transmitted via the UN Security Council through a letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, according to French Ambassador Gerard Araud, who told reporters Thursday night that "This terrorist attack weakens even more the stability of Mali and thereby that of its neighbours," Araud said. "Sustainability of the Malian government and the protection of civilian populations are now at stake."

Northern Mali has been occupied by radical Islamists after fighting broke out in January 2012 between Government forces and Tuareg rebels – just one of several security, political and humanitarian problems the West African nation has been dealing with since last year.

The renewed clashes in the north, as well as the proliferation of armed groups in the region, drought and political instability in the wake of a military coup d'état in March have uprooted hundreds of thousands of civilians. Over 412,000 people have been forced to flee the country's north, and an estimated five million people have been affected by the conflict.

Since the take-over of northern Mali, Mopti, a city of 100,000 people, became one of furthest towns to the north still controlled by the government.

The World Food Programme (WFP) has used the city's port to ship food aid up the Niger River to help families in the North who can't feed themselves.

Tens of thousands of internally displaced people (IDPs) from the North have also sought shelter in Mopti.

Assistance to the displaced is given by the local government, non-governmental organizations, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), and WFP which also runs an emergency school feeding programme there.

Last month, the food agency said it was aiming to help more than 400,000 food-insecure people in the North, and more than 130,000 people in the South, of whom most have been displaced for months or are hosting displaced families.
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