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Published on March 2, 2015
Statement by M. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development

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./.