EU condemns violence in Mali, especially in Menaka

Author : Mircea Birca | Thursday, April 30, 2015
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News
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The EU on Thursday voiced concern over violent acts in Mali in recent days, especially in the town of Menaka, and the ceasefire violations.

A statement by Catherine Ray, spokesperson for EU High Representative Federica Mogherini, said these violations constitute serious obstacles to the consolidation of the climate of confidence necessary for the finalization of Algiers peace process. She noted that the EU remains in solidarity with others in the mediation, including through the UN peacekeeping mission, MINUSMA, in their efforts to return to a situation in line with the commitments made and reiterated by the warring parties on 19 February.

“The violation of agreements and declarations cannot be tolerated. In accordance with the positions taken by the UN Security Council, the EU will support appropriate action against parties that call into question the peace process or the failure of the cease-fire,” warned the statement.

The EU called for further dialogue with all stakeholders and said they must seize the historic opportunity offered to them by signing the agreement.

“This agreement is the only path for a return to lasting peace in Mali. To this end, the EU calls on all parties to exercise restraint, both militarily and through their statements that could create obstacles to the finalization of the process and the revival of economic and social life in northern Mali,” it added.

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