February 1, 2013, the Air Corps General Gratien Maire, Deputy Chief "international relations" (SCRI) of the Staff of the armed forces visited the headquarters of the United Nations.
Hosted by Mr. Gérard Araud, Permanent Representative of France to the UN General Mayor was first discussed the situation in the various crisis areas with Mr. Hervé Ladsous, Deputy Secretary-General of the Department of Operations Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), Ms. Ameerah Haq, Deputy Secretary-General of the Department of Field Support and Mr. Dmitry Titov, head of the rule of law and security institutions.
General then went to the Committee of Staff of the UN to conduct an overview of the operation SERVAL. This committee is responsible, under Article 47 of the UN Charter, to "advise and assist the Security Council in all matters concerning the military requirements means the Council to maintain peace and security ". It includes representatives of the Chiefs of Staff of the permanent members of the UN. For this presentation, the military representatives of the elected members were also invited.
This visit to the UN, the SCRI first since taking office, was part of the particular context of African and French intervention in Mali. While African mission support in Mali (MISMA) continued its rise and discussions around a possible transition to a peacekeeping operation of UN peace were begun, this intervention was to make a point situation. On this occasion, General Mayor recalled that it was essential to maintain a holistic approach to addressing the crisis in Mali.