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
"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
"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.