INTERNATIONAL MEDIATION TEAM HAILS ALGERIA’S EFFORTS TO BRING STABILITY TO MALI

BAMAKO, -- Members of the international mediation team for Mali have Algeria's role in the stabilisation of Mali during a meeting here with Algerian Minister of State and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation Ramtane Lamamra.

During Monday's meeting which was extended to ambassadors of five member countries of the United Nations Security Council, the participants highlighted Algeria's role in the implementation of Mali's Peace and Reconciliation Agreement.

At the meeting in the Malian capital, Bamako, held to mark the first anniversary of the implementation of the agreement, the Council of the European Union, which has examined the situation in Africa's Sahel region, hailed Algeria's "key role" in the peace process in Mali.

After the meeting, the leader of the United Nations Multi-dimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), Mahamat Salih Annadhif, told journalists that the meeting was an opportunity to assess the implementation of the Peace and Reconciliation Agreement resulting from the Algiers Process.

"We welcome the Algerian Minister's visit as he brought us together to review the situation," he added.

He highlighted the presence in Bamako of one of the leaders of the Co-ordination of Azawad (CMA), Cherif Ag Ghali, adding that the presence of Ag Ghali, who had never visited the Malian capital previously, was "an extremely important" event for the implementation of the peace agreement.

Annadhif hailed the signing of the document of understanding for the establishment of interim authorities, which, he said, represented another step forward in the peace process.

Later Monday, Lamamra met his Malian counterpart, Abdoulaye Diop, and called on Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar KeA�ta.

Source: Name News Network