On the occasion of the first anniversary of the Agreement on Peace and Reconciliation in Mali, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the renewed commitment to peace expressed by the country's President, Ibrahim Boubakar Keïta, and his Government.
In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban noted with satisfaction the President's decision to appoint Mr. Mahamadou Diagouraga as his High Representative to follow-up on the Agreement, as well as the signing by the Government and signatory armed groups of the Protocole d'Entente on the interim authorities and other related arrangements.
“These are important steps forward,” the UN chief said through the statement.
He also trusts that the signatory parties will ensure the swift and full implementation of the agreement, bearing in mind the many challenges that lie ahead. The Secretary-General in his statement commended the members of the international mediation, particularly Algeria as Chair of the Comité de Suivi de l'Accord, for their support to peace in Mali. He encouraged them to remain steadfast in their efforts.
“The Secretary-General reiterates the United Nations' full support to the peace agreement,” the statement continued, adding that strengthening of the posture and capabilities the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission (MINUSMA), as well as the fulfillment by the parties of their commitments will enable the Mission to effectively support the Government and the Malian people in achieving lasting peace, stability and development in the country.