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Peace process in Mali begins to yield concrete results, says lamamra

Monday, 18 January 2016

The peace process in Mali has begun to yield "concrete" results sing the signing of the peace and reconciliation agreement in June 2015, said Monday in Algiers Minister of State, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Ramtane Lamamra.


"In general, the peace process in Mali has begun to yield concrete results since the signing of the Agreement on 20 June 2015, a date chosen to mark the beginning of the implementation of the commitments agreed on as part of Algiers process," said Lamamra in his opening address at the high-level consultative meeting of the Implementation Monitoring Committee of the Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation in Mali.


As regards the situation on the ground, the minister was pleased that the parties involved in Algiers process "have completely ceased to confront each other, particularly following the inter- and intra-community meetings held in Anefisen in September and October 2015."


"These meetings were beneficial to the peace process as they favoured the emergence of a new momentum within the Agreement's implementation monitoring committee," he said.

Lamamra however underlined the need to protect it from the schemes of terrorist groups in the region to undermine the peace process despite the mobilization of the Malian armed forces and forces and international forces."


In this regard, Lamamra strongly condemned the terrorist attacks that continue to target Mali and expressed his solidarity and sympathy with the victims.


"We fully reject all forms of intimidation and threats to human life and peace and stability of our States," he stressed. 


Lamamra said "I'm convinced that the consultations we are having today are very useful for the strengthening of the gains of the peace process in Mali."


These consultations aim at undertaking an objective assessment of the ongoing peace process, speeding-up the implementation of the Agreement and strengthening the mobilization and the joint effort of the international community for the support of Mali.