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Secretary-General Congratulates Parties on Adoption of Consensual Road Map
For Inter-Malian Negotiations
The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:
The Secretary-General congratulates the Malian parties on the adoption today of a consensual road map at the end of the first round of the inter-Malian negotiations hosted by Algeria. He commends participants for their willingness to engage in constructive dialogue in line with the 18 June 2013 Ouagadougou Agreement. He welcomes Algeria’s constructive role in this process and notes that the second phase of the negotiations will start in mid-August.
The Secretary-General nonetheless remains deeply concerned by the deteriorating security situation in parts of northern Mali, including armed confrontations. Such confrontations violate the Ouagadougou Agreement and the Ceasefire Agreement of 23 May 2014.
The Secretary-General calls on all parties to immediately cease all hostilities and to cooperate with the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali-led (MINUSMA) joint security commission agreed upon in Algiers. This is essential to foster conditions favourable to the progress of the ongoing talks.
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