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UN welcomes renewed commitment to Mali peace pact

UN chief Antonio Guterres

United Nations | Xinhua | The United Nations welcomes a renewed commitment by Malian parties to implement the peace agreement and the government’s plan for the reintegration of former combatants, a UN spokesman said on Tuesday.

“We welcome the renewed commitment made by the Malian parties to the implementation of the peace agreement at the conclusion of the meeting of the Agreement Monitoring Committee in Bamako,” said Stephane Dujarric, the chief spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

“In particular, our UN colleagues welcomed the announcement by the government of Mali to reintegrate 13,000 former combatants by the end of the year and an additional 13,000 within the next two to three years, as part of the global disarmament, demobilization and reintegration program in Mali,” he told a daily press briefing.

“We also welcome the willingness of the Malian parties to proceed with the socio-economic reintegration of ex-combatants already registered, including about 300 women per region,” he said.

Full implementation of the peace agreement remains central to achieving peace and stability in Mali and the Sahel region, Dujarric said. “We once again reiterate our commitment to support the Malians in their efforts.”

Global and regional nongovernmental organizations are concerned over developments in Mali since a military coup that overthrew the civilian government in May.

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