Here’s a new one–possible honors thesis in embryo?
In the meantime, France was planning Monday night to circulate a draft Security Council resolution that would promote political talks between the government and northern rebels, aimed at compelling the rebels to disassociate themselves from Islamic extremists and approve the dispatch of some African and European Union trainers to Mali.
“We are trying to build momentum which has so far been lacking,” Araud said Friday after briefing the Security Council on France’s approach. “We do hope that it will be possible in a second stage, on the basis of a concept of operations, to authorize the deployment of a force.”
Asked to explain France’s strategy, one European diplomat compared it to what he described as the “bicycle theory of diplomacy.”
“You’ve never heard of that?” he asked. “When a bicycle loses its momentum it falls over.” French diplomacy, the diplomat explained, is aimed at trying to keep the push for an intervention force from collapsing from inaction and indecision.