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Algeria says restoring and maintaining peace in Mali depends on signatory parties

Algerian Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messel on Mali’s Peace Deal

NORTH AFRICA – leaders in the north African nation of Algeria, on Friday, said that the implementation of a peace agreement for Mali depends on the will of the signatory parties. The Algerian authorities urged the various signatories to rebuild bridges of trust and lasting dialogue.

The remarks were made by Algerian Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messel after talks with the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General to Mali, Head of the Minusma Mission, Mahamat Saleh Annadif.

Algeria brokered a peace deal in the region few years ago and it was signed in the Malian capital Bamako, but the Algerian failed in the implementation of the peace process.

Speaking recently, Algerian foreign minister said the implementation depends on the signatory parties, adding that “it is a Malian issue, as trust and permanent dialogue among the warrant parties should be established.”

Malian foreign minister, Abdoulaye Diop (center), confers with his team

The top Algerian diplomat said that his meeting with the UN officials was an opportunity to assess the situation in Mali and discuss ways to improve the implementation of the peace process based on the agreement.

He observed that the situation in Mali remains “difficult and complex,” adding that “Algeria has always responded to the call to accompany the Malian people in their efforts to maintain their unity and sovereignty.”

Meanwhile, UN chief in the region, Annadif hailed the “positive” role of Algeria in terms of restoring peace and stability in Mali through the multiple mediation initiatives it has led.

He regretted, however, that “the implementation of the peace agreement has recently been stalled” over disputes between the signatory parties, while affecting the situation in the region as a whole.

Annadif arrived on Friday in Algeria for the 12th Algerian-Malian Bilateral Strategic Committee on northern Mali.

The consultation is meant to gage the progress of the implementation of the peace process in northern Mali. Messahel and his Malian counterpart Abdoulaye Diop co-chaired the consultation.

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Michael Harrington

Michael Harrington is a researcher and senior contributing reporter with Globe Afrique Media.

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