BAN KI-MOON COMMENDS ALGERIA ON ITS ROLE IN INTER-MALIAN TALKS

UNITED NATIONS,-- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has commended Algeria for its role as leader of the international mediation process in the inter-Malian negotiations and has encouraged the country to continue its efforts for the re-establishment of peace in Mali.

"The Secretary-General commends the members of the international mediator, particularly Algeria as Chair of the agreement's monitoring committee for their support to peace in Mali. He encourages them to remain steadfast in their efforts," said Ban's Spokesman, Stephane Dujarric, here Monday on the first anniversary of the implementation of the agreement.

The UN Secretary General welcomed "the renewed commitment to peace expressed by the President of Mali, Ibrahim Boubakar Keita, and his Government. He notes with satisfaction the decision of the President to appoint Mr Mahamadou Diagouraga as his High Representative to follow up on the Agreement", said Dujarric

Ban also welcomed the signing of the agreement of the creation of interim authorities in northern Mali, a development which he considered as "important steps forward" in the reconciliation process.

The Secretary-General "trusts the signatory parties will ensure the swift and full implementation of the agreement, bearing in mind the many challenges that lie ahead", said Dujarric.

Ban reiterated the UN's full support to the peace agreement resulting from the Algiers process, adding that "strengthening the MINUSMA's posture and capabilities, as well as the fulfillment by the parties of their commitments, will enable the Mission to effectively support the Government of Mali and the Malian people in achieving lasting peace, stability and development in the country".

Source: Name News Network