Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the First Anniversary of the Agreement on Peace and Reconciliation in Mali
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 Boubacar Keïta, and his Government. He notes with satisfaction the decision of the President to appoint Mr. 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 MINUSMA's posture and capabilities, as well as the fulfillment 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.
New York, 20 June 2016