Situation in northern Mali "remains very fragile", warns UN envoyListen /
The detonation of an explosive device (IED) which injured a United Nations peacekeeper in the Malian town of Kidal has been strongly condemned by the top UN envoy in the country.
Mali is recovering from a crisis which started with a military coup d'état in early 2012.
Fighting between Government forces and Tuareg rebels followed the coup and radical Islamists seized territory in the north of the country.
"The security situation in the northern region remains very fragile as illustrated by the shellings in Gao, Timbuktu and Kidal, and the increased activity of terrorist groups. I strongly condemn the incident this morning during which a peacekeeper was severely wounded by an IED during an international visit. Not only does this negative trend impact on the situation in Kidal and elsewhere, it can also thwart efforts towards early recovery and development." (28")
Mr. Koenders said there is "a progressive return of public administration in the northern region" but expressed concern about continuing inter-communal clashes there.
The UN mission in Mali is supporting the political process in the country, in close coordination with the African Union (AU) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
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