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Mali Mission AFISMA Closely Held by P5, Statis on Bissau, Morocco Footnotes

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, December 4 -- Of the two coups earlier this year, in Mali and Guinea Bissau, the UN Security Council this month has a proposal to authorize a force to "reconquer" the North.

  But on Guinea Bissau, the coup appears to have been accepted. Just yesterday at the UN, the post-cost government was congratulated for signing the Paris Commitments on child soldiers. If only Mali's Sanogo had known.

  Inner City Press asked December's incoming Security Council president, Permanent Representative Loulichki of Morocco, about the status of the Mali resolution: is it still just with the Permanent Five members, as Inner City Press has heard complaints about?

  Loulichki said the draft is being "prepared," then will be circulated. Inner City Press hears that while France wants a resolution before Christmas authorizing the ECOWAS military force -- which Inner City Press hears would be called AFISMA -- the US is less enthusiastic. So the P5 fights it out.

  But neither wants to pay. Ban Ki-moon's report said it should be voluntarily funded -- French drones, anyone? -- a recommendation that ECOWAS deplored. Inner City Press asked about it on Monday:

Inner City Press: On Mali, on the report of the Secretary-General, there has been some push back; ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States) has said that they deplore the report in the sense that not only does it say that there is more specifics needed, but that, the suggestion that the UN won’t pay, that it should be all voluntarily funded. Given that the UN does I think fund AMISOM (African Union Mission in Somalia) and some other things, is it that it is less urgent or is there, is there, is the UN’s financial situation so much worse at this point than it was at the time of AMISOM? How does he respond to this deploring by ECOWAS?

Spokesperson Nesirky: Two points: first is that we obviously stand by the report that the Secretary-General put together and has now submitted to the Security Council; the second point is that it is in the hands of the Security Council. They are meeting on Wednesday, let’s see what happens.

Yeah - let's see what happens. Watch this site.

Footnotes on footnotes: In the monthly program of work's footnotes are North Korea (well, non proliferation), the DRC, and Syria. So it goes at the UN.

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