Boukadoum: No alternative to the peace agreement in Mali

APS - 23 July 2020

MOSCOW- Foreign Minister Sabri Boukadoum expressed the wish that the situation prevailing in Mali would be "cyclical," saying there was no alternative to the peace and reconciliation agreement resulting from the Algiers process to establish security and socio-economic development in the country.

"There is no alternative to the peace and reconciliation agreement in Mali," said Boukadoum in an interview with Russia Today (RT), hoping that all its clauses would be implemented by all parties.

Algeria, which is "in permanent contact with all the parties concerned," insists on the implementation of this agreement, he said.
Despite all the current difficulties "we are determined to continue this action," he added.

In response to a question on the issue of the Arab League reform, the head of Algerian diplomacy reiterated Algeria's supportive position.
The reform of the Arab League "is an old issue that has been discussed for a very long time, the last one dates back to 2005 at the Algiers summit, but unfortunately there was no consensus on this issue," he recalled.

In this regard, Boukadoum expressed "the great disparity between members of the Arab League on the Libyan file among others." "In the absence of consensus, the Arab League remains with its arms folded and will not be able to perform the role expected," he added.

As for the Arab summit to be held in Algeria, postponed because of the Covid-19 pandemic, Boukadoum said that "we are still prepared to organize the Arab summit and we will study the possibility of holding it according to the evolution of the epidemiological situation."

Syria's place is within the Arab family and Algeria's position on this matter is clear," he said regarding Syria's return to the Arab League.
"We are keen on the return of all Arab countries, knowing that Algeria's policy recognizes States,"and Governments are subject to the will of the peoples who elect them, said Boukadoum.

On the subject of Algerian-Russian cooperation, Boukadoum stressed "the need to strengthen it in all areas and with all partners," arguing that Algeria is open to all those who would like to establish a respectful partnership and a fruitful bilateral exchange, as reflected, for example, in our relations with Russia and China.