The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:
On the occasion of the first anniversary of the Agreement on Peace and Reconciliation in Mali, the Secretary-General welcomes the renewed commitment to peace expressed by the President of Mali, Ibrahim Boubakar Keïta, and his Government. He notes with satisfaction the decision of the President to appoint Mahamadou Diagouraga as his High Representative to follow up on the Agreement, as well as the signing by the Government and signatory armed groups of the Protocole d’Entente on the interim authorities and other related arrangements. These are important steps forward.
The Secretary-General trusts that the signatory parties will ensure the swift and full implementation of the Agreement, bearing in mind the many challenges that lie ahead. The Secretary-General commends the members of the international mediation, particularly Algeria as Chair of the Comité de Suivi de l'Accord, for their support to peace in Mali. He encourages them to remain steadfast in their efforts.
The Secretary-General reiterates the United Nations’ full support to the peace agreement. Strengthening the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali’s posture and capabilities, as well as the fulfilment by the parties of their commitments will enable the Mission to effectively support the Government of Mali and the Malian people in achieving lasting peace, stability and development in the country.