Hollande Calls for Action in Syria and Mali in First U.N. Appearance
Making his first appearance at the United Nations General Assembly this week, French President François Hollande urged the international community to intervene in rapidly deteriorating situations in both Syria and northern Mali. Mr. Hollande, who was elected in May, reaffirmed his previous promise to recognize an interim government of Syrian opposition leaders as soon as one can be formed. He further called for a U.N. Security Council mandate to end the occupation of northern Mali by Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).
In his September 25 address to the General Assembly, Mr. Hollande called for a reform of the United Nations and proposed expanding membership of the U.N. Security Council. The French leader, whose own mission to the United Nations enjoys one of five permanent Security Council memberships, criticized the “paralysis” of the group in its inaction in Syria. “How many more deaths do we need before we take actions?”…
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