Signature of peace agreement in Mali by remaining parties welcomed by UN

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MINUSMA peacekeepers on patrol in Mali. Photo: MINUSMA/Marco Dormino

The signature of a peace agreement in Bamako, Mali by a coalition of armed groups called the "Coordination" has been welcomed by the UN Secretary-General.

The Government of Mali and another coalition of armed groups called the "Platform" had already signed the Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation in Mali on 15 May.

In a statement on Saturday, Ban Ki-moon congratulated the Malian parties for their efforts to bring the signing process to a successful completion.

Stephanie Coutrix reports.

The Government of the West African country has been seeking to restore stability and rebuild following a series of setbacks since early 2012, including a military coup d’état. 

Mali has also experienced renewed fighting between Government forces and Tuareg rebels, and the seizure of its northern territory by radical Islamists.

On Saturday, the UN chief said the signature of the Peace Agreement by all parties paves the way for its full and timely implementation.

“The ultimate responsibility for peace lies with Mali and the Malians”, he added.

The Secretary-General also urged all parties to continue to work in good faith to advance progress, and to fully implement the provisions of the ceasefire.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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