Security Council plans regular UN peacekeeping force for Mali after France ousts Islamists

A top diplomat says the U.N. Security Council will consider plans for a new U.N. peacekeeping force for Mali following France's ejection of hard-line Islamists from the West African country's northern cities.

The council last month passed a resolution approving a multinational African force to help stabilize Mali. But with the Islamist rebels in retreat, that plan has been overtaken by events on the ground.

The Security Council instead will discuss a regular U.N. peacekeeping force to replace the plan for the African-led force. That's according to a senior Western diplomat who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The diplomat says that "There is increasing talk of moving straight to a U.N. peacekeeping operation."