Albert Gerard 'Bert' Koenders, the United Nations Secretary General's Special Representative in Mali, may soon be en route to the Hague, where he is seen as the favourite for Netherlands' next foreign minister. He will not be missed, say Bamako sources. In Algiers recently, at the latest round of talks between the government and up to eight northern armed groups, Koenders was criticised for platitudes about Mali being 'strong in diversity'. Many observers are dismayed by the performance of the Mission multidimensionnelle intégrée des Nations Unies pour la stabilisation au Mali, which Koenders heads.
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