BAMAKO, OCTOBER 19 – The Un Security Council visiting mission in the Sahel arrived today in Bamako to work on peace and security in the region of the Sahel and for the Mali peace process, contrast of terrorism and of person trafficking. Leading the four-days mission are the French Ambassador Francois Delattre, Sebastiano Cardi from Italy and Tekeda Alamu from Ethiopia.
Upon arriving in the Malian capital, the members of the Council met with President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita to work on the peace process. The visiting mission aims to deliver a clear message to the parties in Mali regarding the need to accelerate the implementation of the 2015 Peace and Reconciliation Agreement.
They also urged them to take concrete action to fully deliver on their obligations under the Agreement, in particular through: operationalisation of the interim administrations in the north of Mali; establishment of the Operational Coordination Mechanism in Kidal and Timbuktu; progress in the cantonment and disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration processes, including through the definition of adequate eligibility criteria and the submission of finalised lists of candidates; progress in security sector reform and in the decentralisation process; women’s participation in the political process; and the expeditious appointment of an Independent Observer provided for by the Agreement. (@OnuItalia)