Addis Ababa (UNA-OIC) – The African Union has called for calm and continuation of dialogue and negotiations in Mali to implement diligent work of consensual solutions in order to maintain peace, stability and social cohesion in the West African nation.
“The Chairperson of the African Union Commission urges all actors to show restraint, to continue dialogue and negotiations for the diligent implementation of consensual solutions in order to preserve peace, stability and social cohesion,” the AU Commission said in a statement published in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa.
Chairperson of the AU Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat condemned the acts of violence that erupted in Mali on 10-12 July, which took the lives of many people and destroyed public and private property. He also offered his condolences to the bereaved families as well as to the people and to the Malian government, calling for rapid investigations to establish responsibility, bring justice to the victims and apply appropriate sanctions.
The statement noted that the AU Commission welcomed the dispatch of a Mediation Mission from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) for the resolution of the Malian crisis.
“The President of the Commission supports the ECOWAS crisis exit proposals which constitute a basis for negotiation for the resolution of the problems which are at the origin of the current crisis and welcomes, in this regard, the announcement of the arrival in Mali, a delegation of ECOWAS Heads of State.
“Lastly, it renews the commitment and availability of the African Union, in close collaboration with the other partners, to support Mali in the process of exiting the crisis.”