Security Council hails Preliminary Presidential Election and Inclusive Peace talks in Mali AgreementListen /
The members of the Security Council have welcomed the signing in Ouagadougou of a "Preliminary Agreement to the Presidential Election and the Inclusive Peace Talks in Mali". The agreement was signed between the transitional authorities of Mali and the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA) and the High Council for the Unity of Azawad (HCUA).
In a press statement, the members of the Council called on all signatories of the Agreement to fully implement its provisions, with the support of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), the African-led International Support Mission in Mali (AFISMA), the African Union and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
According to the statement, the members of the Security Council noted that this Agreement reaffirms the sovereignty, territorial integrity, national unity and secular nature of the Malian State, provides for an immediate ceasefire, paves the way for the nationwide holding of presidential elections and establishes a framework for inclusive talks with all communities of the north of Mali, and as such constitutes an important step towards lasting peace and stability in Mali.
The members of the Security Council called on those armed groups in northern Mali that are not signatories to the Agreement, and that have cut off all ties with terrorist organizations, to unconditionally commit to all the provisions of the Agreement.
Donn Bobb, United Nations.