BLOOMBERG: UN's Secretary General Ban Ki - Moon Recommends Putting 11,200 Peacekeepers in MaliSubmitted by emalvini on Wed, 03/27/2013 - 20:08
BLOOMBERG: UN's Secretary General Ban Ki - Moon Recommends Putting 11,200 Peacekeepers in Mali
By Flavia Krause-Jackson
Mar 26, 2013 3:11 PM PT
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon recommended that as many as 11,200 United Nations peacekeepers and a special counterterrorist unit be deployed to Mali to take over the fight against Islamic insurgents in the land-locked African nation, relieving France.
Ban laid out the options for Mali in a 26-page report obtained by Bloomberg News, as France seeks to pull back 4,000 troops following its January intervention to rid the north of Islamist militants.
About 7,000 African troops helping France should become a UN peacekeeping force, according to the report.