ECOWAS: ECOWAS welcomes signing of Mali accord

Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has welcomed the complete signing of the Accord for Peace and Reconciliation in Mali, which took place in the Malian capital, Bamako, last Saturday.

In a statement made available to PANA here Wednesday, ECOWAS commended all  parties involved for their resolve and commitment which culminated in this positive and encouraging development.

''We wish to thank the Algerian government in particular and the international community as a whole for their support through the entire peace process.

''We congratulate the Malian people for this significant step towards sustainable peace while we urge all signatories to the Accord to ensure strict adherence to its provisions,'' the regional bloc said.

PANA reports that Mali's Tuareg-led rebels signed the peace agreement with the Bamako government more than a month after other armed groups took similar action to end years of unrest in the West African nation.

The U.N.-brokered accord calls for the election of regional assemblies in Mali, but did not grant autonomy to northern Mali.

A 2012 coup was capitalized upon by the Tuaregs to seize northern Mali, before they were themselves upstaged by Islamists.

African and French forces later retook the seized territories from the separatists.
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24 Junho 2015 11:53:37

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