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Mali/signature of a framework agreement

Published on April 11, 2012
Statement by Alain Juppé, Ministre d’Etat, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs

Paris, April 7, 2012

France welcomes the signature in Bamako on Friday evening of the framework agreement between the CNRDE (National Committee for the Restoration of Democracy and State) and ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States) mediators to overcome the crisis.

The agreement makes a return to constitutional order in Mali possible.

France congratulates all the ECOWAS heads of state, particularly its president, the President of Côte d’Ivoire, Mr Alassane Ouattara, and the mediator, the President of Burkina Faso, Mr Blaise Compaoré, as well as his representative, the Foreign Minister of Burkina Faso, Mr Djibrill Bassolé, on the work done and is delighted that a spirit of responsibility finally prevailed among all the parties in attendance.

She calls on all the players in Mali to implement without delay the provisions set out in the agreement, particularly those aimed at enabling a presidential election to be held in the best possible timeframe.

The Minister responsible for Cooperation, M. Henri de Raincourt, will today call on the presidents of Côte d’Ivoire and Burkina Faso to take stock of the situation and discuss the next steps.

As soon as the constitutional authorities are in place, France will resume her bilateral civilian and military cooperation with Mali. The future Malian national unity government will be able to count on her to work at strengthening the Malian state and seeking a political solution to the difficulties in northern Mali.

In this respect, France reiterates her commitment to Mali’s unity and territorial integrity. The restoration of constitutional order creates the conditions for progress towards a political solution on the north.
France reiterates her call to the ANLM [Azawad National Liberation Movement] to withdraw its unilateral declaration of independence and bring its action into line with political dialogue that respects Mali’s constitutional order and the country’s unity.

To this end, she supports the efforts being led by ECOWAS, particularly with regard to preparing a deployment by the regional standby force, to which she is ready to provide logistical assistance.

France denounces the crimes committed by militias linked to AQIM [al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb] and Ansar Dine. Malians must fight this scourge together and with the support of the neighbouring countries. France, along with the international community, stands alongside Mali and the region’s states in the fight against terrorism./.

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