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UN says it will actively participate in donors' conference on Mali
Last Updated(Beijing Time):2013-01-27 16:34

 The United Nations is politically committed to the resolvement of the Malian crisis and will actively participate in the donors' conference scheduled for Tuesday after the 20th African Union summit in the Ethiopian capital, said Herve Ladous, UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations on Saturday.

"We are not asked to send peacekeepers in this case. These are the countries of the region have decided to mobilize, we are supporting them. We will actively participate in the donors' conference to be held next Tuesday," said the UN officer.

About 460 million U.S. dollars are needed for the operations of the International Mission of Support in Mali (MISMA) to liberate the North of the country from rebel groups control and 300 million U.S. dollars for the restructuring of the national army, according to delegates attending the preparatory meetings for the AU Summit to be kicked off here Sunday.

This need will be put on the table at the donors' conference scheduled for Tuesday.

"The United Nations have created two trust funds to receive contributions that countries would give to the ECOWAS (Economic Community of Western African States) troops, or to the Malian army. We'll work in this way," said Ladsous.

As to UN financial assistance requested by the AU, "it is up to the decision of the Security Council. We take orders from the Security Council. We can not use the funds by ourselves (without orders). But I think the attitude is very open," he said.

According to him, "the Secretary-General (of the United Nations) has made proposals, based on which the Security Council will pronounce on the issue of logistical support that we would provide to ECOWAS troops engaged on the ground."

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is to attend the upcoming AU summit. Earlier on Friday, a meeting of the AU Peace and Security Council (PSC) has asked for a UN emergency assistance to finance the deployment of MISMA into Mali.

The MISMA mission was authorized with UN Security Council Resolution 2085, passed on Dec. 20, 2012, which authorizes the deployment of an African-led force in Mali for an initial period of one year.

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