The work of the sixth session of the follow-up committee of the agreement began, currently at the Sheraton Hotel, headed by the Algerian Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra.
This sixth session takes place following the decision-making level (RND) meeting during which the Malian government and the Azawadian movements signatory to the Algiers Agreement agreed on implementing parts of the Algiers Agreement
According to the HCUA contact cell, the current head of the Coordination of Azawad Movements, Alghabass Ag Intalla, denounced the delay in implementing the agreement and called on the Bamako government to clarify its position, saying: “If the Malian government no longer wants the peace agreement, and if it believes that there is something better than this agreement, let it tell us clearly. From our side, we are ready for the side you will choose.”
The Minister of Foreign Affairs and the National Community Abroad, Mr. Ramtane Lamamra, presided over the work of this high-level meeting of the Committee for the Follow-up to the Implementation of the Peace and Reconciliation Agreement in Mali emanating from the Algiers track, in his capacity as head of international mediation.
On the financial side, the ministers of national reconciliation and foreign affairs and leaders of the Azawadian movements that signed the agreement participated in this meeting.
On the international mediation side, a number of foreign ministers of the countries of the region and high representatives of the five permanent members of the Security Council and international and regional organizations concerned with a financial file participated in this meeting, namely the United Nations, the African Union, the European Union, the Economic Community of West African States and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.
In his opening speech, Mr. Ramtane Lamamra praised the participation of all members of the Follow-up Committee, referring to the encouraging and promising internal context in which this session was held.
In this regard, the Minister called on the Malian parties to commit to a greater commitment to the process of serious, effective and integrated implementation of the provisions of the agreement in order to ensure adequate guarantee of the legitimate aspirations of the population, within the framework of a real project for peace and reconciliation.
This high-level meeting came as a continuation of the meeting held in Bamako from 1 to 5 August 2022, whose outcomes were widely welcomed and supported by the international community, As well as against the background of the major reforms undertaken by the Malian government in the context of the current transitional phase, it provided an opportunity for the members of the Follow-up Committee on the Implementation of the Peace and Reconciliation Agreement in Mali to assess the extent of the implementation of the agreement, in addition to agreeing on the next steps for the process.