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The Special Representative of the UN Secretary General and head of the UN Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) Mongi Hamdi said Wednesday that recent events in northern Mali “pose a threat to the peace process.”
wpid-Al-Shabaab-Attack-against-UNICEF-in-Garowe-Somalia.jpgThe events he was referring to include Monday’s clashes that saw Gatia self-defense militia (a loyalist group) capture Menaka town from its rivals and Tuesday’s firing at MINUSMA vehicles near Timbuktu, a northern Mali region.
Hamdi expressed concern over the peace process that has lasted for over one year, and which was supposed to restore lasting peace and order in northern Mali.
“The cease-fire agreements that were signed by the parties required that every group remains within its territory during the negotiation period, and that they abstain from engaging in any acts that may destabilize peace,” the MINUSMA statement affirmed, while at the same time appealing for “strict respect for those provisions by all concerned parties.”
The statement noted that MINUSMA teams on the ground and in Bamako were totally engaged to halt the escalation of the tension.
The UN official who expressed regret over the recent turn of events, affirmed that he remained optimistic that the final peace agreement will be signed next month.
“There’s no any other option to signing of the final peace agreement,” Hamdi reiterated.
The initial agreement was signed in Algiers by the Malian government and other armed groups with the exception of the Coordination of Azawad Movements.
The group argued that the agreement had failed to take into account its demands regarding autonomy, but later agreed to sign the agreement on May 15 in Bamako. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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