Panafrican News Agency

International community renews support for Mali's quest for political stability, peace

Lomé, Togo (PANA) - The international community expressed its support for Mali's quest for political stability and peace, following the August coup, at the second meeting of the Transition Support Group in Mali, held on Monday in the Togolese capital.

Political and peace officials of institutions such as the UN and the AU as well as heads of diplomacy of ECOWAS countries and Algeria, participated in the meeting.

It was aimed at, among others, assessing "the progress of political and institutional reforms, evolution of the preparation of general elections, economic situation as well as analysing the humanitarian, defence and security issues".

Togolese President Faure Gnassingbè said "the success of the transition is not an option but an imperative", showing Togo's support for the peace process and political stability in Mali.

The Malian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Zeini Moulaye, said: "We have all the capacities to make this transition a success and we will make it a success. In just six months, we have done a lot, we have made real progress."

Jean-Pierre Lacroix, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations, praised the positive progress and efforts of the transition authorities in the implementation of the peace agreement.

Mahamat Saleh Annadif, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General in charge of the United Nations Integrated Multidimensional Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), and Smail Chergui, Commissioner for Peace and Security of the AU, expressed satisfaction with the political and institutional reforms in the country.

However, according to a concluding note of the meeting, the participants expressed their concern about "the risks that social movements triggered by several trade unions and corporations in various sectors of the country's socio-economic life could generate" despite the signing of an agreement with the National Workers' Union of Mali (UNTMA) on 5 February.

They therefore launched an urgent appeal to all stakeholders to give priority to dialogue and compromise in order to calm the social climate.

The third meeting of the Group will be held next June in Bamako, Mali, after the Lomé meeting. The inaugural meeting was held on 30 November 2020 in Bamako.

The support group on Mali was set up by the African Union on 9 October at the 954th meeting of the Peace and Security Council.

Its main mission to support the transitional government and the Malian people in the "implementation of the Transition Charter and its Roadmap, adopted following the negotiations conducted under the auspices of ECOWAS".

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