World Bulletin / News Desk
France and its African allies want a heavily-armed force in Mali as part of a United Nations peacekeeping mission, diplomats said.
The United Nations is considering setting up a 10,000-strong force in the former French colony before presidential and legislative elections in July, a deadline a European diplomat described on Tuesday as "a race against time".
U.N. deputy peacekeeping chief Edmond Mulet is in the Malian capital Bamako this week to assess options for a peacekeeping mission once a French-led military intervention is completed.
France launched a ground and air operation in January to break rebels' hold on northern Mali.
In a reminder of the resistance still faced, Chad said on Tuesday one soldier had been killed and another injured, bringing to 29 the number of Chadian troops lost in battle. Six rebels had been killed and five captured, the army said.Last Mod: 13 Mart 2013, 09:58