UNITED NATIONS – Chad has circulated a draft resolution to the U.N. Security Council that would endorse military action by a five-nation African force against Nigeria's Islamic extremist group Boko Haram.
Chad's U.N. Ambassador Mahamat Zene Cherif said Wednesday he hopes for a council vote this month.
The draft would endorse the decision of Chad, Cameroon, Niger, Nigeria and Benin to establish a force for a period of 12 months to take "all necessary measures" against Boko Haram, which killed an estimated 10,000 people last year.
It was circulated as the Nigerian military, bolstered by forces from neighboring countries, has regained towns and cities held by Boko Haram in northeastern Nigeria.
The draft resolution asks U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to establish a trust fund to help finance the military operation.