Mali – Adoption of the Algiers Declaration (June 9, 2014)
France welcomes the adoption of the Algiers Declaration on June 9 by the armed groups that are signatories to the Ouagadougou agreement. This is an important first step forward in terms of the commitment of these groups to work toward consolidating the ceasefire of May 23 and initiating negotiations with the Malian government.
We pay tribute to the efforts made by Algeria, at Mali’s request, to organize informal discussions with the armed movements in order to establish a common platform to express their demands. These discussions will facilitate the inter-Malian negotiation process, while respecting Mali’s territorial integrity and the principles agreed upon in the Ouagadougou agreement.
We encourage Algeria to continue its efforts in coordination with the regional and international actors, and notably with the UN.
France calls on the Malian authorities and the armed groups to initiate, as swiftly as possible, the negotiation process that should lead to a comprehensive and final agreement.