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Volatile situation in northern Mali worries UN Security Council


By Sadiya Hamza
UNITED NATIONS – The UN Security Council has expressed their deep concern over the volatile security situation in the northern Mali and the continued attacks, including against the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission (MINUSMA).

The reaction is contained in a statement issued on Friday in New York by after a meeting of the 15-member Council.

The members of the Security Council urged all parties to swiftly implement all agreed confidence-building measures to facilitate the implementation of the ceasefire, with the support of and in coordination with MINUSMA.

It reiterated their demand that all parties refrain from any action, whether direct or conducted through proxies, which jeopardise prospects for peace.

It reiterated their readiness to consider appropriate measures, including targeted sanctions, against those who resume hostilities and violate the ceasefire.

It welcomed the Agreement on Peace and Reconciliation in Mali, initialed on March 1, by representatives of Malian Government, one of the coalition of armed groups “Platform” and all members of the international mediation team.

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The Council described it as a critical step to achieve lasting peace in Mali.

It said it considered the agreement as balanced and comprehensive, aiming to address the political, institutional, governance, security, development and reconciliation dimensions of the crisis.

It commended the role played by Algeria and other members of the international mediation team in their continued efforts to assist the Malian parties to achieve lasting peace. (NAN)
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