Mali: AU gets a cease-fire signed in Bamako and three armed groups


Dakar - The Malian government signed Friday a cease -fire , which had been signed a few hours earlier by three armed groups in northern Mali after discussions with the Chairman of the African Union (AU), the UN announced

The head of the UN mission in Mali, Albert Gerard Koenders ( said Bert Koenders , Ed) announces that at 9:30 p.m. ( GMT) this Friday, May 23, 2014 , a cease -fire was signed between the Government of Mali and the MNLA HCUA and MAA , said Minusma in a statement received by AFP in Dakar.

MNLA ( National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad ( MNLA Tuareg rebellion ), the High Council for the unity of Azawad ( HCUA formed by dissidents of a jihadist group) and the Arab Movement of Azawad (MAA ) are the three armed groups, including the chairman of the AU, Mauritania Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz , met representatives Friday afternoon in Kidal (far northeast ), a city under their control.
The cease -fire is in force upon signature , which was the case at 4:30 p.m. in Kidal by armed groups , and from 9:30 p.m. to Bamako Mali Malian government through the Minister of the Interior, Aziz said the president -air public television ORTM Mali .

He ( President Aziz ) obtained (...) is admirable, (...) a cease -fire we need , how has his Malian counterpart Ibrahim Boubacar Keita , also antenna ORTM .

Fierce fighting between May 17 Kidal Malian armed forces and groups, composed mainly Tuareg but also Arabs and other communities in the North.

The rebels took control of the city, traditionally a stronghold of Touareg , but also Menaka ( 660 km south of Kidal ) , according to the UN , after new deadly clashes Wednesday. Bamako had declared a cease- fire unilaterally on Wednesday evening .

According to the statement of Minusma , the various parties have signed the agreement have agreed to a cessation of hostilities throughout the national territory , to return to the preliminary agreement of 18 June 2013 they signed in Ouagadougou immediate resumption of negotiations with the support of the United Nations and its regional and international partners.

Bamako and rebel groups have also agreed to the release of prisoners as soon as possible , facilitate humanitarian operations of the United Nations and other humanitarian partners , and the principles of humanitarian law , added Minusma .

They finally agreed on the establishment of an international commission of inquiry into the events , starting with Kidal , she has said.

( © AFP / May 24, 2014 1:50 )

Source : AFP