UN: Ban lauds Malian leader's commitment to peace, stability

New York, US (PANA) - On the occasion of the first anniversary of the Agreement on Peace and Reconciliation in Mali, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the renewed commitment to peace expressed by the country's President, Ibrahim Boubakar Keita, and his government.

In a statement obtained by PANA in New York late on Monday, Ban noted with satisfaction the President's decision to appoint Mr. Mahamadou Diagouraga as his High Representative to follow-up on the Agreement, as well as the signing by the government and signatory armed groups of the Protocole d'Entente on the interim authorities and other related arrangements.

He described the achievements as "important steps forward".

He also trusts that the signatory parties would ensure the swift and full implementation of the agreement, bearing in mind the many challenges that lie ahead, and commended the members of the international mediation, particularly Algeria as Chair of the  Comité de Suivi de l'Accord, for their support to peace in Mali.

The UN chief also encouraged the stakeholders and partners to remain steadfast in their efforts.

Ban further reiterated the UN's full support to the peace agreement, adding that strengthening of the posture and capabilities the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission (MINUSMA), as well as the fulfillment by the parties of their commitments would enable the Mission to effectively support the government and the Malian people in achieving lasting peace, stability and development in the country.
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21 june 2016 07:19:40




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