ECOWAS hails agreement on Mali's electoral process

Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Council of Ministers has said the signing of an agreement, 18 June, 2013, between the Malian parties will create the enabling environment for the holding of their presidential election of 28 July across the country, according to a communique issued Friday in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, by the Council.

It said the Council followed with keen interest the inclusive discussions involving the Malian parties in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, which resulted in the signing of the Preliminary Agreement for the presidential election and inclusive peace talks in Mali.

The communique, issued following the 17-18 June meeting of the Council and obtained by PANA here Sunday, said the participants believed that the signing of the Agreement represented a major step towards peace.  

It said "In that regard, Council strongly urges all the Malians to accept the agreement and strictly comply with its spirit and letter, and ensure its implementation with a view to strengthening cohesion and national unity.

"In particular, the Council calls on all the political party leaders, opinion leaders and all the active forces of the nation, civilian and military alike, to avail themselves of this good opportunity to find a definitive solution to the crisis."

"At this crucial point in the peace process, Council strongly urges all parties to work together in consultation with the transitional authorities to consolidate the achievements hitherto recorded. In particular, the Council calls on all to rise to their individual and collective responsibilities in the supreme interest of the nation, and refrain from statements and/or actions liable to compromise the peace process underway," the communique said.

The ECOWAS Council of Ministers paid tribute to the ECOWAS Mediator for Mali, President Blaise Compaore of Burkina Faso, and the co-Mediator, President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria, as well as the current ECOWAS Chairman and Ivorian president, Alassane Ouattara, for their continued efforts and untiring commitment that have been consummated by the Agreement.

According to the communique, the Council commended the team spirit and the willingness demonstrated by all stakeholders in concluding the agreement, urging them to maintain the spirit in continuing the inclusive dialogue necessary for the reconstruction of a renewed, sovereign and prosperous Mali.

"Council expresses gratitude to the international community, all ECOWAS partners, particularly France, the US, Switzerland, the African Union, the European Union, the United Nations, as well as frontline countries for their constant support and assistance, without which the agreement would not have come into being," it said.

"Council reiterates the total availability and the determination of ECOWAS and that of its Member States to support the Government and people of Mali in the process of consolidating sustainable peace in the country and the region," the communique added.
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