West African leaders endorse AU proposal on Mali
West African heads of state on Wednesday (June 6th) supported African Union (AU) President Thomas Boni Yayi's call for the UN to consider possible military intervention in northern Mali, RFI reported.
The issue was discussed during the opening day of the 16th Conference of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) in Lome, Togo. Representatives of the Economic Community of West Africa (ECOWAS), and Congolese President and AU Peace and Security Council head Sassou Nguesso are attending the event.
"We are proposing that the AU strengthen its position so that its Peace and Security Council can refer the matter to the UN Security Council," Boni Yayi said May 30th in Paris.
A UN Security Council resolution would pave the way for a potential deployment of an international force in northern Mali.
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