Appointment of Albert Gerard Koenders as Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Mali (May 21, 2013)
France welcomes the appointment of Albert Gerard Koenders as Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Mali.
As the former Dutch minister for development cooperation and head of the United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire since 2011, Mr. Koenders has the international experience and determination that will enable him to effectively support efforts to resolve the crisis in Mali. He will be able to count on France’s support in his role as head of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA).
The UN Mission in Mali reflects the international community’s close involvement in the process to ensure the country’s stability and democracy, to which France is strongly committed.
Without waiting for MINUSMA’s deployment, scheduled for July 1, Mr. Koenders will swiftly assume his duties in order, through his good offices, to support efforts to re-establish the authority of the Malian state throughout the territory, to support the national reconciliation and dialogue process and the holding of free, fair and transparent elections.