Goodluck Jonathan, Nigeria’s leader and President has warned that military intervention in Northern Mali is inevitable if talks with the Islamists fail. He added that a West African Force would be deployed, but with the approval of United Nations. In his visit to Senegal, Mr Jonathan added that Economic Community of West African states (Ecowas) would “definitely” send a force to the area if a deal is not reached with the Islamist fighters.
The UN has not endorsed military intervention because according to it- it needed more details about the plan.Ecowas is seeking UN Security Council endorsement to send 3000 troops to Mali.
International prosecutors are investigating alleged atrocities in rebel held northern Mali.
Mr Djibrille Bas- Burjina Faso’s Foreign Minister held talks with the militants in July as part of diplomatic efforts to end the conflict.
Both Tuareg rebels and Islamist groups took control of Northern Mali with the overthrow of President Amadou Toumani Toure in a coup de tat in March.
The Islamists have destroyed ancient shrines in the city of Timbuctu and the UN has warned that this could be considered war crimes. The ICT – International Criminal Court has launched criminal inquiries into the atrocities.
A new unity government was launched in the capital – Bamako, and initiatives to end violence in the North has commenced.
What do you think? Do you believe that President Goodluck Jonathan can influence the exit of the rebels in Northern Mali- with enomous terrorist problems involving Boko Haram back home?