Malians demonstrating against the United Nations Security Council resolution authorizing the use of force to put down the Tuareg insurgency in the north of the West African state. The protest took place on October 18, 2012., a photo by Pan-African News Wire File Photos on Flickr.
Malians stage demo against possible military intervention
Fri Oct 19, 2012 5:11AM GMT
Malians have staged a demonstration in the capital Bamako to protest against a UN Security Council resolution on a possible military intervention in the country.
On Thursday, some 2,000 protesters took to the streets carrying banners that read, “No to the confiscation of our national sovereignty.”
On October 13, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution that gave West African nations 45 days to offer details of a plan for a military intervention in Mali.
The Security Council expressed “grave concern about the continuing deterioration of the security and humanitarian situation in the north of Mali, the increasing entrenchment of terrorist elements… and other extremist groups, and its consequences for the countries of the Sahel and beyond.”
Malian President Amadou Toumani Toure was ousted in a military coup on March 22. The coup leaders said the president had failed to fight the separatist movement of Tuareg rebels in the north.
The UN resolution also called for “a credible negotiation process” to end the chaos in Mali.
Meanwhile, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has warned against a military operation, saying it would further affect millions of people in the region.
Once a detailed plan for military intervention in Mali is received from the ECOWAS (The Economic Community Of West African States), the African Union and the United Nations, the Security Council would consider a second resolution to approve the move.