Panafrican News Agency

AU calls for calm, continuation of dialogue, negotiations in Mali

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, closely following the evolution of the socio-political situation in Mali, has welcomed the dispatch of a Mediation Mission from the ECOWAS for the resolution of the crisis.

According to a press statement, issued in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital, the President of the Commission strongly condemns the acts of violence following the demonstrations of 10, 11 and 12 July 2020 which resulted in loss of life, injuries and destruction of public and private property.

It said that Faki Mahamat reiterates his condolences to the grieving families, to the people and to the Malian Government and wishes a speedy recovery to the injured.

He calls for prompt investigations to establish accountability, bring justice to the victims and apply appropriate sanctions.

The President of the Commission, it said, supports the ECOWAS crisis exit proposals which constitute a basis for negotiation for the resolution of the problems which are at the origin of the current crisis and welcomes, in this regard, the announcement of the arrival in Mali, a delegation of ECOWAS Heads of State.

The AU Chairperson urges all actors to show restraint, to continue dialogue and negotiations for the diligent implementation of consensual solutions in order to preserve peace, stability and social cohesion, the statement indicated.

Faki Mahamat renewed the commitment and availability of the African Union, in close collaboration with other partners, to support Mali in the process of ending the crisis.

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