Foreign affairs Minister, Sabri Boukadoum, chaired on February 11th 2021, the 42nd session of the Monitoring Committee of the Peace and Reconciliation Agreement in Mali, resulting from the Algiers Process, hosted for the first time by the city of Kidal (northern Mali) since 2015.
"Today (Thursday) I chaired the work of the 42nd session of the Follow-up Committee of the Peace and Reconciliation Agreement in Mali, resulting from the Algiers process, which were hosted for the first time by the city of Kidal in northern Mali" the minister said on his Twitter account adding that" this constitutes an unprecedented event and an important indicator capable of giving a strong impetus to the peace and reconciliation process sponsored by the Algeria, in coordination with the international community represented in the Committee".
Mr Boukadoum, who has been on a working visit to Mali since Wednesday February 10, was received by Malian President Bah N'Daw, with whom he discussed bilateral relations and the prospects of strengthening them, as well as the means to accelerate the implementation of the Peace and Reconciliation Agreement resulting from the Algiers process. He also had talks with the Vice-President of Mali, Colonel Assimi Goïta and the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Mr. Zeyni Moulaye, and the Minister of National Reconciliation, Colonel Ismael Wagué, with whom he discussed bilateral relations and ways of promoting the peace process and reconciliation that Algeria supports.
In his opening remarks at the starting of the meeting, the Minister of Reconciliation, Ismael Wagué, said that “Malian transition authorities are committed to implement the Algiers’ peace process”. In this regard, he pledged to work for the rapid implementation of the Algiers Peace Agreement. He announced a new DDR process - Disarmament, Demobilization, Reintegration - currently underway, with the key to integrating several hundred ex-combatants into the reconstituted Malian army.
Speaking in turn, Mahamat Saleh Annadif, head of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) recalled that it is for the first time that the meeting of the Monitoring Committee has been held in Kidal. He notes that for a first time since 2012 the Malian flag flies over the governorate of Kidal.
At the end of this session, Smail Chergui, the African Union (AU) commissioner for peace and security, declared that the Monitoring Committee meeting reflects "a confirmation of the attachment of all Malians to the achievement of peace".