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In Somalia, Congo and now Mali, the United Nations is using peacekeepers not to keep the peace, but to help bring it about.
Mali has lifted its more than five-month state of emergency declaration ahead of its July 28 presidential elections.
France mali drawdown1

Soldiers of the first Parachute Chasseur Regiment of Pamiers and of the 35th Parachute Artillery Regiment of Tarbes arrive from Mali, at the Toulouse-Blagnac airport, southwestern France, on April 11, 2013. The first French soldiers came back from Mali on April 11, marking the gradual withdrawal of the French troops.

Eric Cabanis