ABUJA: THE Heads of State and Government of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) at 46th Ordinary Session meeting in Abuja have expressed deep concern over the security situation in Northern Mali.
They condemned the continued terrorist attacks on the civilian populations and international troops. This was disclosed in a final communique issued at the end of the meeting.
The regional authority reaffirms its commitment to the sovereignty of Mali, its territorial integrity, and the unitary, republican and secular form of the Malian State.
The leaders reiterated calls on all the armed groups in Northern Mali, signatories to the Ouagadougou Agreement of 18 June 2013, to distance themselves from the terrorist groups.
“The Heads of State and Government express deep concern over the security situation in Northern Mali and strongly condemn the continued terrorist attacks on the civilian populations and international troops,” read a communique.
“The Authority reaffirms its commitment to the sovereignty of the Republic of Mali, its territorial integrity, and the unitary, republican and secular form of the Malian State.” The Summit commended the progress recorded in the Algiers Talks and invited all the parties, in particular the general secretaries of the armed groups, to be personally involved in the process with a view to reaching an agreement.
The Authority expresses gratitude to Abdelaziz Bouteflika, President of Algeria, for the critical facilitation role his country was playing in the quest for peaceful and lasting solution to the situation in Mali. They requested the Commission to continue its involvement in the process initiated in Mali.
SOURCE: CAJ NEWS AGENCY