United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is shielded by guards after coming under attack by demonstrators opposing the imperialist bombing of Libya which was justified by Security Council action., a photo by Pan-African News Wire File Photos on Flickr.
UN will not join France’s war on Mali, Ban says
Wed Jan 23, 2013 1:3AM GMT
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says the United Nations will not be engaged in France’s war on Mali.
The UN chief made the remarks in an address to the UN General Assembly on Tuesday.
"Directly assisting offensive military actions would also place our civilian personnel in the region in jeopardy. I take this issue very seriously," Ban said.
On January 11, France launched a war under the pretext of halting the advance of the fighters in Mali.
On Monday, the political opposition in France expressed regret over the country’s “isolation” and lack of “clear objectives” in the war on Mali, calling on the French government to clarify the goals of the war.
Some political analysts believe that Mali’s abandoned natural resources, including gold and uranium reserves, could be one of the reasons behind the French war.
Chaos broke out in Mali after President Amadou Toumani Toure was toppled in a military coup on March 22, 2012. The coup leaders said they mounted the coup in response to the government's inability to contain the Tuareg rebellion in the north of the country, which had been going on for two months.
However, in the wake of the coup d’état, the Tuareg rebels took control of the entire northern desert region, but the Ansar Dine fighters then pushed them aside and took control of the region, which is larger than France or Texas.