Today High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini met Lassine Bouaré, Malian Minister for Social Cohesion, Peace and National Reconciliation. He was accompanied by a delegation representing the movements that are party to the 2015 Agreement on Peace and Reconciliation in Mali, who were invited to Brussels by the European Union Special Representative for the Sahel, Angel Losada.
In the run-up to its fourth anniversary on 20 June, the High Representative welcomed the progress made on the implementation of the Algiers Agreement, which is key to the stability of Mali and the Sahel region. She had wanted to take stock of the progress during a meeting of the Follow-Up Committee she attended in Bamako in June 2017.
High Representative Mogherini and the Malian delegation agreed on the need to step up progress over the coming weeks and months, in particular with regard to the key political and institutional reforms set out in the Agreement, such as decentralisation and constitutional reform and the implementation of the defence and security provisions, especially Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration and Security Sector Reform. They also emphasized the importance of rapidly delivering specific peace dividends for people in the north of Mali, including in terms of development, in order to foster a lasting peace. The High Representative pointed out in this respect how important it is to make a peace process inclusive, notably by ensuring that women and civil society are fully involved.
Minister Bouaré, the representatives of the movements and Ms Mogherini agreed on the importance of rapidly delivering new progress in each of these areas. The High Representative indicated that the European Union was prepared to step up its support for Mali in order to advance peace and reconciliation throughout the country and contribute to social and economic development for the benefit of all Malians. More than ever, these challenges call for inclusive and constructive dialogue between all political and social actors in Mali.