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Mali: No peace in sight

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The 29 September 2016 report of the UN Secretary General on the situation in Mali presents a bleak appraisal of the past three months. It reads: “The slow implementation of the peace agreement continued to fuel the volatile security situation in central and northern Mali, which in turn further obstructed progress on its implementation. […] Significant challenges remain in advancing political and security measures owing to the continued mistrust among the signatory parties. Progress in the gradual restoration of State authority in the north, the cantonment of combatants and the further integration of armed groups into national security mechanisms remained limited.” This cautious wording in UN jargon barely masks the widespread frustration over the continued lack of concrete progress in the peace agreement’s implementation. Problems include: violations of the ceasefire in the Kidal region; inter-communal clashes in the Mopti region; attacks against United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), etc. “MINUSMA will not be able to fully carry out its mandate as long as the signatories of the peace agreement do not resolutely engage in its implementation,” warned the Under Secretary-General for UN Peacekeeping Operations Hervé Ladsous at the Security Council’s recent meeting on the situation in Mali, held on 6 October in New York. MINUSMA’s mandate ends on 30 June 2017.

Report of the Secretary-General on the situation in Mali: http://www.un.org/en/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=S/2016/819&referer=/english/&Lang=E