Paris, March 1, 2015
The agreement for peace and reconciliation in Mali, finalized in Algiers this morning, is excellent news.
I welcome the decision by the Malian President and government to sign it, and I call on all the groups in the north, which very positively welcomed this step forward, to do so without delay.
I pay tribute to Algeria for its effective mediation, which managed to bring the parties together around a balanced text beneficial to the country and the region.
The success of the agreement must now be ensured with the international community’s support. France, a friend of mediation, will of course stand alongside the parties to provide its full support./.