Mali's foreign minister is urging the UN Security Council to authorise the immediate deployment of a five-nation force to fight the growing "terrorist" threat in Africa's vast Sahel region a move the United States opposes.
Abdoulaye Diop told the council yesterday that Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, the acting president of the so-called Group of Five, is deeply concerned at the difficulties the French-drafted resolution is facing in the council.
He said the leaders of Mali, Burkina Faso, Mauritania, Niger and Chad created the force to fight terrorism and trans-national crime, and its deployment is only awaiting Security Council authorisation.
A US official said recently that while the Trump administration supports the force in principle, it doesn't believe a council resolution is legally necessary for its deployment.
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