FRANCE HAILS AGLERIA’S PIVOTAL ROLE IN MALI’S PEACE PROCESS

PARIS, -- France has hailed Algeria's crucial role and its mediation work in the implementation of the Mali Peace and Reconciliation Agreement and welcomes the mediation work of the past two years by Algeria, particularly by Ramtane Lamamra, the Algerian Minister of State and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation, "who made it possible".

This was stated here Wednesday by the Spokesperson of the French Foreign Affairs Ministry, Romain Nadal, when commenting on the implementation of the Peace and Reconciliation Agreement in Mali.

He said France welcomed the signing of the agreement in Bamako on June 19 on the establishment of interim authorities in that Sahel nation, pointing out new significant advances in the implementation of the Peace and Reconciliation Agreement.

"Interim authorities must be rapidly established, in line with the agreed timetable, in order to resume basic services for the benefit of citizens," he added, while calling all parties to "pursue their efforts in security, particularly through the establishment of joint patrols and speeding up the stationing process".

The first year of the implementation of the Peace and Reconciliation Agreement in Mali had shown that Mali has a chance to return on the path to normality, said Lamamra in Bamako on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, a member of the French National Assembly has described Lamamra as being "resolutely" committed to the peace process in Mali.

French MP Francois Loncle, speaking during Tuesday's debate at the National Assembly on a Bill on ratification of the defence co-operation treaty between France and Mali, stressed that peace in northern Mali "particularly interests the Algerian government".

Speaking on behalf of the Foreign Affairs Commission, Loncle affirmed that this agreement was the result of intense efforts made by the international mediation team led by Algeria and made up of the United Nations, the European Union and France.

Source: Name News Network