African heads to again seek UN Mali mandate

July 28, 2012 23:01

West African leaders are poised to submit a new request for military invention in Mali to the UN Security Council, and boots could be on the ground within weeks, Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara told French weekly Journal du Dimanche.

"A new request to the UN Security Council will be shortly submitted in the name of the Economic Community of West African States that I preside over," Ouattara said in the interview to be published in Sunday's edition.

"If the situation does not change for the better, yes, there will be military intervention in Mali," he said, adding that it could happen within "weeks and not months".

Al-Qaida linked rebel forces have taken over the northern zones of the West African nation once seen as a model of democracy in the otherwise turbulent region.

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