Peace http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/30514/all en UN faces major campaign in Mali http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130206/un-faces-major-campaign-mali <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A UN peacekeeping mission that the major powers want for Mali will need several years to sort out the West African country's problems, diplomats and experts have warned.</p> <p>On top of a feared guerrilla campaign by Al-Qaeda linked militants, the UN troops who take over from a French-African force also face a major task reconciling the Bamako government with ethnic Tuaregs in northern Mali.</p> <p>France is pursuing attacks against Islamist militants in the north while working on a UN Security Council resolution that would set up a peacekeeping force, UN diplomats said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130206/un-faces-major-campaign-mali" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Peace Peacekeeping United Nations War AFP Wed, 06 Feb 2013 05:45:40 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5747180 at http://www.globalpost.com (Blank Headline Received) http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130206/blank-headline-received-15 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>FRANCE WANTS UN PEACEKEEPING FORCE FOR MALI IN PLACE BY APRIL - FOREIGN MINISTER</p> Peace Peacekeeping War Thomson Reuters Wed, 06 Feb 2013 18:15:36 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5747912 at http://www.globalpost.com France calls on UN to prepare for Mali peacekeepers http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130206/france-calls-un-prepare-mali-peacekeepers <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>France on Wednesday called on the UN Security Council to send peacekeepers to Mali and speed up the deployment of human rights observers.</p> <p>It will take "several weeks," however, before an assessment can be made on whether French troops now battling Islamist guerrillas can hand over to peacekeepers, ambassador Gerard Araud said after closed UN Security Council talks on the Mali crisis.</p> <p>"France, for the first time at the Security Council, raised the perspective of the creation of a peacekeeping operation when security conditions permit it," he told reporters.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130206/france-calls-un-prepare-mali-peacekeepers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Peace Peacekeeping United Nations War AFP Wed, 06 Feb 2013 18:15:57 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5747917 at http://www.globalpost.com France calls on UN to prepare for Mali peacekeepers http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130206/france-calls-un-prepare-mali-peacekeepers-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>France on Wednesday called on the UN Security Council to send peacekeepers to Mali to take over from French forces battling Al-Qaeda linked guerrillas and speed up the deployment of human rights observers.</p> <p>It will take "several weeks," however, before an assessment can be made on when French troops can hand over to peacekeepers, French ambassador Gerard Araud said after closed UN Security Council talks on the Mali crisis.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130206/france-calls-un-prepare-mali-peacekeepers-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Law Peace Peacekeeping Social Issues War AFP Wed, 06 Feb 2013 18:46:00 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5747957 at http://www.globalpost.com France aims to have Mali UN force in place by April http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130206/france-aims-have-mali-un-force-place-april <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>France is aiming to have the United Nations take over peacekeeping operations in Mali by April, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Wednesday.</p> <p>Fabius told journalists France was working to have the current African-led mission put under the umbrella of the United Nations and confirmed France was planning to begin drawing back its troops in March.</p> <p>He said the African-led AFISMA force already being established in Mali would be in a position to take over as a UN force.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130206/france-aims-have-mali-un-force-place-april" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Peace Peacekeeping United Nations War AFP Wed, 06 Feb 2013 19:01:06 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5747983 at http://www.globalpost.com France aims to have Mali UN force in place by April http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130206/france-aims-have-mali-un-force-place-april-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>France is aiming to have the United Nations take over peacekeeping operations in Mali by April, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Wednesday.</p> <p>Fabius told journalists France was working to have the current African-led mission put under the umbrella of the United Nations and confirmed France was planning to begin drawing back its troops in March.</p> <p>He said the African-led AFISMA force already being established in Mali would be in a position to take over as a UN force.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130206/france-aims-have-mali-un-force-place-april-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> International relations Mali Peace Peacekeeping United Nations War AFP Wed, 06 Feb 2013 19:32:23 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5748016 at http://www.globalpost.com France seeks UN peacekeepers as Mali rebels hit back http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130206/france-seeks-un-peacekeepers-mali-rebels-hit-back <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>France urged the United Nations Wednesday to send peacekeepers to Mali, where French forces have killed hundreds of Islamist rebels but are still coming under attack in territory reclaimed from the extremists.</p> <p>After announcing plans to start withdrawing its 4,000 troops from Mali in March, France called for deploying a UN peacekeeping force to take the baton, the French ambassador to the world body said after closed Security Council talks on the crisis.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130206/france-seeks-un-peacekeepers-mali-rebels-hit-back" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Peace Peacekeeping War AFP Wed, 06 Feb 2013 20:45:50 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5748103 at http://www.globalpost.com UN mulls sending peacekeepers to Mali as rebels hit back http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130207/un-mulls-sending-peacekeepers-mali-rebels-hit-back <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The UN is considering sending peacekeepers to Mali, following a proposal from Paris which said that French forces have killed hundreds of Islamist rebels but are still coming under attack.</p> <p>After announcing plans to start withdrawing its 4,000 troops from Mali in March, France called for a peacekeeping force to take the baton, the French ambassador to the UN said after closed Security Council talks on the crisis.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130207/un-mulls-sending-peacekeepers-mali-rebels-hit-back" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Peace Peacekeeping War AFP Thu, 07 Feb 2013 07:31:42 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5748523 at http://www.globalpost.com France seeks Mali exit, handover to UN peacekeepers http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130207/france-seeks-mali-exit-handover-un-peacekeepers <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Nearly a month after launching an offensive in Mali to drive out Islamist extremists, France mulled the withdrawal of its troops Thursday after asking the UN to prepare a peacekeeping force to take the baton.</p> <p>France's 28-day-old intervention has largely driven the Al-Qaeda-linked rebels, who controlled northern Mali for 10 months and had threatened to advance on the capital, to the remote mountains of the far northeast, along the Algerian border.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130207/france-seeks-mali-exit-handover-un-peacekeepers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Peace Peacekeeping War AFP Thu, 07 Feb 2013 11:15:50 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5748684 at http://www.globalpost.com France seeks Mali exit, handover to UN peacekeepers http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130207/france-seeks-mali-exit-handover-un-peacekeepers-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Nearly a month after launching an offensive in Mali to drive out Islamist extremists, France mulled the withdrawal of its troops Thursday after asking the UN to prepare a peacekeeping force to take the baton.</p> <p>France's 28-day-old intervention has largely driven the Al-Qaeda-linked rebels, who controlled northern Mali for 10 months and had threatened to advance on the capital, to the remote mountains of the far northeast, along the Algerian border.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130207/france-seeks-mali-exit-handover-un-peacekeepers-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Peace Peacekeeping War AFP Thu, 07 Feb 2013 12:16:04 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5748744 at http://www.globalpost.com Landmine kills four Malian troops as France mulls exit http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130207/landmine-kills-four-malian-troops-france-mulls-exit <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Four Malian troops were killed by a landmine in territory reclaimed from Islamist rebels, police said Thursday as France mulled handing over its four-week-old intervention to UN peacekeepers.</p> <p>The deadly explosion Wednesday between the northern towns of Douentza and Gao came six days after a similar blast in the same area killed two Malian soldiers, underlining the danger the Islamist fighters still pose despite fleeing the towns under their control.</p> <p>"A Malian army vehicle was blown up by a mine placed by the Islamist criminals," a paramilitary police officer told AFP.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130207/landmine-kills-four-malian-troops-france-mulls-exit" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Peace Peacekeeping War AFP Thu, 07 Feb 2013 17:01:03 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5749086 at http://www.globalpost.com Landmine kills four Malian civilians as France mulls exit http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130207/landmine-kills-four-malian-civilians-france-mulls-exit <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Four Malian civilians were killed by a landmine in territory reclaimed from Islamist rebels, police said Thursday as France mulled handing over its four-week-old intervention to UN peacekeepers.</p> <p>The deadly explosion Wednesday between the northern towns of Douentza and Gao came six days after a similar blast in the same area killed two Malian troops, underlining the danger the Islamist fighters still pose despite fleeing the towns under their control.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130207/landmine-kills-four-malian-civilians-france-mulls-exit" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government of Mali Peace Peacekeeping War AFP Thu, 07 Feb 2013 19:16:26 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5749283 at http://www.globalpost.com UN leader worried by guerrilla fightback in Mali http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130207/un-leader-worried-guerrilla-fightback-mali <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>UN leader Ban Ki-moon said Thursday he is worried by a guerrilla fightback in Mali and that no firm decision has been made to send a peacekeeping force there.</p> <p>While praising France's month-old military intervention in the west African country, Ban said it would take weeks for the UN Security Council to decide the international community's next move.</p> <p>"I think these military operations so far have been effective and successful. All these jihadis and armed groups and terrorist elements -- seemingly they have fled," Ban told a small group of reporters including AFP.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130207/un-leader-worried-guerrilla-fightback-mali" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Ban Ki-moon Peace Peacekeeping United Nations War AFP Thu, 07 Feb 2013 22:30:38 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5749445 at http://www.globalpost.com At 150, Red Cross is as relevant as ever: president http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130210/at-150-red-cross-relevant-ever-president <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>As the International Committee of the Red Cross prepares to turn 150, it is as relevant as ever and rapidly adapting to the conflicts of the 21st century, its president told AFP in an interview.</p> <p>"150 years of history show that ICRC is needed today more than ever," Peter Maurer told AFP at his office at the organisation's headquarters in Geneva ahead of anniversary celebrations on February 17.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130210/at-150-red-cross-relevant-ever-president" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Entertainment International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement Labor Law Laws of war Peace Peter Maurer AFP Mon, 11 Feb 2013 04:33:36 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5752308 at http://www.globalpost.com U.N. Security Council to back Mali peacekeepers in weeks http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130213/un-security-council-back-mali-peacekeepers-weeks <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Stephen Mangan</p> <p>DUBLIN, Feb 12 (Reuters) - The U.N. Security Council is expected to reach an agreement in two to three weeks to deploy up to 6,000 peacekeepers in Mali to help stabilise the country after a rebel incursion, a senior U.N. official said on Tuesday.</p> <p>The 15-nation council initially appeared reluctant to send its own blue-helmeted peacekeepers to the West African nation, and instead backed an African-led force that was due to deploy later this year.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130213/un-security-council-back-mali-peacekeepers-weeks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Military operations other than war Peace Peacekeeping War Thomson Reuters Wed, 13 Feb 2013 14:33:34 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5754443 at http://www.globalpost.com