Mr. Prodi will be in charge of coordinating U.N. efforts to finalize and apply a regional integration strategy for the region on the southern rim of the Sahara Desert, U.N. spokesman Martin Nesirky said in announcing the appointment last week.
Mr. Ban “looks forward to Mr. Prodi’s leadership in shaping and mobilizing an effective United Nations and international response to the complex crisis plaguing the countries and people of this region,” Mr. Nesirky said.
Officials scoff at Crisis Group’s warning
The International Crisis Group, based in Brussels, issued a report last week predicting that the Western-backed administration could fall apart, particularly if Afghan presidential elections in 2014 are fraudulent or rigged.
A presidential spokesman dismissed the report as “nonsense and garbage.”
“We have a very long history. We have fought against superpowers, and we know how to defend our country,” said spokesman Hamid Elmi.View Entire Story
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