German Government welcomes accord in Mali
BERLIN, Germany, June 20, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Minister of State Cornelia Pieper issued the following statement on Wednesday (19 June) on the preliminary agreement signed in Ouagadougou on Tuesday (18 June) by the Malian Government and the Tuareg rebels:
Germany welcomes the preliminary agreement signed by the Malian Government and the Tuareg rebels, which paves the way for the forthcoming presidential elections also in northern Mali. This is an important step forward in the peace process in Mali.
What is more, the recognition of Mali’s unity and territorial integrity by all parties and the return of the Malian army and administration to the north will advance the country’s reconstruction.
Much remains to be done in Mali to ensure even development throughout the country and lasting reconciliation.
The presidential elections in Mali can now be held on 28 July, and a run off ballot would take place on 11 August. After the elections, a final agreement between the Malian Government and the Tuareg in the north of the country is to be reached.
Germany – Ministry of Foreign Affairs