Mali

Note to Correspondents: Joint UN-AU Statement following recent meeting on Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation in Mali

The Secretary-General of the United Nations and the Chairperson of the African Union Commission welcome the successful conclusion of the decision-making meeting on certain aspects of the Agreement on Peace and Reconciliation resulting from the Algiers Process. They particularly acknowledge the consensus reached by the parties on the integration of 26,000 ex-combatants into the defence forces and other State services, as well as on institutional reforms not related to the review of the Constitution.

The Secretary-General of the United Nations and the Chairperson of the African Union Commission note the establishment of an ad hoc commission to address aspects on which consensus is yet to be reached, notably the case-by-case management of civilian and military members of the signatory movements, including with regards to the chain of command. They urge the parties to act diligently to ensure the necessary follow-up and to consolidate the momentum that has just been created for the peace process.

The Secretary-General of the United Nations and the Chairperson of the African Union Commission commend the parties for their renewed commitment to peace and reconciliation. They assure the parties of the continued availability of the United Nations and the African Union to work with them, within the framework of the International Mediation led by Algeria, with a view to completing the peace process. In that regard, they look forward to a forthcoming meeting of the Monitoring Committee on the implementation of the peace agreement.