Establishing a representative government and recover territorial integrity in MaliListen /
The Special Representative of Secretary-General for West Africa, Said Djinnit reiterated on Thursday that the deteriorating situation in Mali requires the combined efforts of the international community.
Efforts to restore constitutional order to the country have been ongoing since soldiers seized power from the government in March. Following that, militants linked to al-Qaida along with rebel Tuaregs took control of the northern half of the country.
"Today efforts are being focused on creating conditions for an inclusive and representative government in Mali, which is essential for putting the country and its institutions at the center of a search for solutions to the crisis in the country. After which, efforts will focus on the promotion of the necessary dialogues to search first for a solution to the institutional crisis by presenting a roadmap to conduct presidential elections in the 12 month time frame set up by ECOWAS. Then the efforts will focus on a roadmap to recover the territory integrity of Mali in a consensual way which will engage first the Malian institutions and that will be supported by the international community." (Duration: 46″)