A recommitment to peace in Mali
Members of the Algiers Process Mediation Team, ECOWAS, the African Union, the European Union and the United Nations issued a joint declaration calling for further implementation of the Peace and Reconciliation Accord in Mali. The organisations congratulate the signatory parties on the establishment of interim authorities in Kidal, Ménaka and Gao, and encourage them to rapidly establish authorities in the Taoudeni and Timbuktu regions. They also welcome the establishment of the first joint patrol in Gao, and hope that the patrols in Kidal and Timbuktu will be operational as soon as possible. They urge the signatory parties to establish, without delay, the National Commission for Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration, the Integration Commission and the National Council for Security Sector Reform, which are three key features of the peace process. The AU, UN, ECOWAS and the EU also express concern about the deteriorating security situation in Mali, especially in the northern and central regions. They call on the parties to work to improve intercommunity relations to better prevent violent extremism, and welcome the G5 Sahel initiative to support Mali's security efforts. Finally, the organisations reaffirm their firm commitment to support the implementation of the agreement and their determination to counter the actions of those who threaten peace.