Helping Mali resolve crisis is high priority: FeltmanListen /
Ensuring that the United Nations does its utmost to help Mali resolve the complex crisis it faces today is one of the highest priorities for the Secretary-General, Jeffrey Feltman told the UN Security Council on Wednesday.
Mr. Feltman, the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, said important work is already underway on the ground in Mali, but the most significant development in the political process remains the adoption of a Roadmap for the Transition.
Strengthening the capacity and legitimacy of the State and the political system at all levels, he said, remains a key priority for the UN and for political leaders in Mali.
” The coup d'état of 22 March 2012 and the crisis in northern Mali are, in large measure, manifestations of a crisis of governance that encompasses endemic corruption, weak State capacity to provide basic services and the low level of legitimacy of State institutions and the political system. ”
Mr. Feltman said he hopes that a broad and inclusive Malian-led political process can begin to address the long-term challenges that must be overcome for Mali to achieve long-term political stability and economic prosperit.
Gerry Adams, United Nations.