Implementation of Mali peace agreement back on rails

APS - 14 February 2017

BRUSSELS (Belgium) �The recent meeting of the Committee in charge of monitoring the implementation of the Peace and Reconciliation Agreement in Mali, resulting from Algiers process, allowed "putting back on the rails" the effective implementation of the agreement, said Tuesday in Brussels Minister of State, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Ramtane Lamamra.

"Friday's meeting (in Bamako) was a high-level session of the Agreement Monitoring Committee, chaired by Algeria. The meeting has put back on the rails the implementation process of the peace agreement, signed in 2015," Lamamra told APS on the sidelines of a high-level conference on mediation.

The Foreign minister said that the peace and reconciliation agreement in Mali has faced "major obstacles," that have been overcome owing to the efforts of Algeria, the key mediator among the international mediation team, which helped reaching the agreement.

Mali's Minister of Security and Civil Protection Salif Traore underlined, Monday in Algiers, the "progress made on the ground since the signing of the peace agreement," and hailed Algeria's diplomatic and security support.

Lamamra held discussions, Friday in Bamako, with Malian ministers, in addition to the Agreement's signatory parties and representatives of the international community.

"Algeria's mediation in Mali has enriched the mediation practice worldwide," said Lamamra, recalling that Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, as well as the different politico-military movements in Mali requested Algeria's mediation, at a time when the United Nations, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the African Union, the European Union and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) were mandated to launch peace talks.

"Algeria's mediation allowed bringing together all mandated organizations, which accepted to work within an international mediation team led by Algeria, and were joined by France and the United States as friends of the mediation team," he said.

In this regard, the minister added that Algeria has initiated the same process for Libya.