France welcomes Mali peace and reconciliation move
Paris, 14 May 2015
The French President welcomes the initialling in Algiers today of the agreement on peace and reconciliation in Mali. He congratulates Algeria on the mediation it has been conducting in the process for many months, as well as all the countries and international organizations which have taken part. He pays tribute to the spirit of peace and reconciliation shown by the Malian government and Malian President Ibrahim Boubakar Keita. He welcomes the commitment made by the different Malian armed groups to give up the armed struggle and engage in reconciliation.
The French President calls on all the parties to sign this agreement and implement it sincerely. France will stand alongside Mali and all its international partners in order to guarantee its success./.
Mali/peace and reconciliation agreement – Communiqué issued by M. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development
Paris, 14 May 2015
The Coordination of the northern groups has initialled Mali’s peace agreement. This is a significant step forward. I call on these groups to sign the peace and reconciliation agreement in Bamako tomorrow.
I pay tribute to Algeria’s mediation and particularly the efforts of my colleague, Ramtane Lamamra, with whom we worked to get a consensus.
The commitment of the northern groups would not have been possible without the contribution of all the international and regional players, all of whom have an interest in Mali’s peace and security and whom I thank.
Two years on from the French engagement in Mali to thwart the country’s takeover by terrorist groups, 20 months on from the election of the President and of Mali’s National Assembly, this is a new milestone in the development, peace and security of the whole of Mali./.