Mali reconciliation agreementBAMAKO- The 11th Algerian-Malian Bilateral Strategic Committee on Northern Mali, whose works will be held Tuesday in Bamako, takes place in a context marked by the efforts made by the Algerian diplomacy to give a fresh impetus to the implementation of the peace and reconciliation agreement in Mali, stemmed from the process of Algiers.

The meeting, which will coincide with the first anniversary of the agreement, will be co-chaired by Minister of State, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Ramtane Lamamra and his Malian counterpart Abdoulaye Diop.

The issues that occurred during the implementation of the agreement, in its first year of implementation, will be the main focus of the discussions of the monitoring Committee of the agreement (CSA), led by Algeria, in its meeting to which Lamamra will take part.

It will be an assessment meeting of the first year of the implementation of this agreement signed in May 2015 in a first phase and in 20 June 2015 in Bamako in a second phase.

Lamamra, who received in Algiers several Malian officials of the Coordination, the platform and government, said he was optimistic, before he went to Bamako, about the future of the implementation of the agreement, whose first anniversary will mark, according to him, a “new start with the same constructive spirit for the materialization of all the peace and reconciliation requirements.”

The meeting of Bamako will be an opportunity to assess the achievements that have been made since the inking of the agreement and “deal with the difficulties which impeded the pace of its implementation,” said Lamamra following his meeting with the representative of the Coordination of Azawad Movements (CMA) Bilal Ag Cherif.

On the eve of this meeting, the diplomatic efforts made by the mediation, particularly Algeria, notably following the 9th meeting of CSA in Bamako on 13-14 June, culminated in significant results, through the announcement of the understanding between the Malian government and the political-military groups signatories of the peace agreement of 2015 for the creation of interim authorities in the five administrative regions of Northern Mali.

APS, 20 June 2016