UN Security Council Asks for Report on Possible Mali Peacekeepers

A top French diplomat says the United Nations Security Council will ask Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for a formal report on the feasibility of a U.N. peacekeeping operation in the West African nation of Mali.

French U.N. envoy Gerard Araud said the 15-member Council agreed Wednesday on the request for the study, and said the body is asking for the completed appraisal from Mr. Ban by the end of March.

This announcement comes as French and African forces continue pressing their battle against …

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