UN chief welcomes accord for peace in MaliListen / UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the signing of an accord by Malian authorities and Tuareg movements to bring sustainable peace to Mali.
The agreement was signed by the government of Mali the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad and the High Council for the Unity of Azawad, in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, on Tuesday.
It provides for an immediate ceasefire and paves the way for the holding of presidential elections nationwide.
The accord also commits the parties to discussing sustainable peace in Mali through an inclusive dialogue that will take place after the election.
In a statement issued by his spokesperson, the Secretary-General says he is encouraged by the parties' commitment to national reconciliation and the resolution of differences through dialogue.
Secretary-General Ban urges the parties in Mali to begin implementation of the agreement at once.
Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.