US supports UNSC resolution on Mali.
State Department Spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said in a statement, late on Friday, that the US "supports the resolution on Mali adopted by the UN Security Council today as a comprehensive approach to the overlapping governance, security, and humanitarian crises affecting Mali." She stressed that "both military and civilian elements will be essential in responding to the emerging threats in Mali and the Sahel." She added that the US government's objectives to address the situation in Mali "include restoring the authority of the State of Mali over its entire national territory, upholding the unity and territorial integrity of Mali, and confronting the threat posed by AQIM and affiliated groups." "We believe that restoration of democratically-elected government in Mali by April 2013, as called for by ECOWAS, is a crucial component of the overall long-term solution to Mali's current crises," she remarked.
Nuland also welcomed the appointment of Special Envoy Romano Prodi, saying "the Secretary General should empower the envoy to marshal UN resources to help Bamako hold elections by April 2013, and to engage with Malian, Tuareg and regional stakeholders to promote a negotiated settlement to the Tuareg rebellion.
"In addition, the envoy should support U.N. OCHA's ongoing efforts to improve the international response to the humanitarian crisis in the Sahel region," she affirmed.
Nuland concluded saying "we look forward to the report called for by today's resolution and for continued international attention regarding the situation in Mali." (end) si.nfm KUNA 130934 Oct 12NNNN
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