The news isn’t that significant because the UN takes a long while to move through all the stages before approving someone else’s intervention in another country. There have been a string of useless UN resolutions on Mali. We have to wait and see whether this latest one is useless or not.
The U.N. Security Council has passed a resolution clearing the way for the deployment of foreign troops to the troubled nation of Mali. The unanimous resolution gives West African nations 45 days to offer details of a plan for military intervention.
This will all come down to a willingness to provide troops and that means countries with experienced militaries will have to take the lead.
France is taking the lead on this, which is only fair since France’s push for intervention in Libya, albeit under a different government, caused this mess.
France has led the call for action on Mali in the Security Council and was a sponsor of the resolution. President Francois Hollande, speaking to Senegal’s National Assembly Friday, said the “horrors in northern Mali can’t be tolerated.”
Friday’s resolution also renews U.N. demands that Malian militants cut ties to al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb and for all groups to cease human rights abuses. The militants have held public executions, amputations and floggings in an effort to enforce their strict version of Islamic law.
Ambassador Susan Rice and her boss however have been out to lunch on Mali. There’s no mention of Mali on Rice’s Twitter feed. But that’s okay. She’s busy with other things.
We have fought hard to make sure that LGBT voices are heard at the UN. In 2010, we succeeded in getting the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission accredited at the UN — the first time a U.S.-based LGBT NGO received such status. A year later, we helped the International Lesbian and Gay Association gain accreditation, sending a clear message that the doors of the United Nations are now open to LGBT groups.