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On Mali UN Won't Say When Ban Confirmed UNSC Satisfaction with Plan of France

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, January 14 -- On Mali, UN Security Council Resolution 2085 requires that Ban Ki-moon as Secretary-General "confirm in advance the Council's satisfaction with the planned military offensive operation."

   On January 12 in writing, then again at the January 14 UN noon briefing, Inner City Press asked when and how Ban confirmed the Council's satisfaction.

   Deputy Spokesperson Eduardo del Buey, even 42 hours after getting the question in writing, had no answer.

   He referred to an upcoming 3 pm Monday Security Council consultation with the head of Ban's Department of Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman -- which can't cure the "confirm in advance" requirement -- and to Ban's telephone calls with French foreign minister Fabius and Cote d'Ivoire president Ouattara.

   Ban would have had to speak with representatives of all 15 Council members, and there is no indication that he did. Inner City Press has asked for a formal statement of when and how Ban "confirmed in advance" the Council's satisfaction, as required by Resolution 2085. Watch this site.

Footnote: Inner City Press also asked Del Buey about the reported takeover of Diabaly; this question was not answered. What IS the UN's role in and knowledge of the conflict in Mali? We'll see.

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