Mali – African Union: Communiqué of the 938th meeting of the PSC on the situation in Mali



Adopted by the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU), at its 938thmeeting held on 29 July 2020, on the situation in Mali, following the Declaration of Economic community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) Heads of State and Government on the Socio-Political crisis in Mali adopted on 27 July 2020:

Taking note of the Extraordinary Summit of the Heads of States and Government of ECOWAS convened by videoconference on 27 July 2020 on the socio-political crisis in Mali;

Recalling its previous communiques and press statements on the situation in Mali and in the Sahel region, in particular communique [PSC/PR/COMM(CCCXV)] adopted at its 315th meeting, on 23 March 2012 and communique [PSC/PR/COMM.(CMXXXIV)] adopted at it 934th meeting held on 26 June 2020;

Reaffirms the relevant AU instruments, in particular the provisions of the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance, the Protocol Relating to the establishment of the Peace and Security Council of the African Union, as well as the ECOWAS Supplementary Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance, which reject any unconstitutional change of government, including seizure of power by force;

Further reaffirming the unwavering AU respect for the sovereignty, unity and the territorial integrity of Mali, as well as AU’s solidarity with People and Government of Mali;

Mindful of the need for Malian stakeholders to uphold their commitment towards the full implementation of the Peace and Reconciliation Agreement in Mali, emanating from Algiers process, as a unique and balanced framework for Malians to resolve their differences, on the basis of the principles of transparency and inclusivity;

Reaffirming the need for all Malian stakeholders to work together towards addressing the root causes of the crisis in their country, in particular the central issues relating to governance, security and development.

Acting under Article 7 of its Protocol, the Peace and Security Council

1. Commends ECOWAS for its continued leadership and engagement in efforts towards finding a lasting solution to the socio-political crisis in Mali, currently facing multifaceted challenges that have the potential to undermine peace, security and development efforts in the country; in this regard, welcomes the initiatives by ECOWAS, including the deployment of a Special Envoy and Mediator, H.E. President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, former President of Nigeria, to lead the mediation process, a visit of a Delegation of Heads of State and Government to Bamako, led by H.E. Mahamadou Issoufou, President of Niger and Chairperson of the ECOWAS Authority, and comprising the Presidents of Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria and Senegal;

2. Endorses the Declaration of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government on the Socio-Political crisis in Mali, adopted on 27 July 2020, with a view to resolving the crisis in Mali, in line with Article 16 of the PSC Protocol; calls on the United Nations Security Council to endorse the Decisions contained in this Declaration, in accordance with Chapter VIII of the UN Charter;

3. Requests the Chairperson of the Commission to consult the ECOWAS with a view to finding a lasting solution to the socio-political situation in Mali, based on dialogue, within the framework of implementation of the Peace and reconciliation Agreement in Mali, emanating from the Algiers process;

4. Calls on all Malian stakeholders to uphold the supreme interest of their country above any other consideration and therefore, take full responsibility of the Declaration by the ECOWAS Authority; further calls on all Malian parties to expedite the implementation of the Peace and Reconciliation Agreement in Mali, as a priority towards preserving the political and security achievements made thus far;

5. Expresses concern at the threat posed by the current tensions to the constitutional order in the Republic of Mali, which potentially constitutes a serious setback for the country and the region as a whole, in particular given the current spread of terrorism, violent extremism and inter-communal tensions in the Sahel that continue to hinder the necessary efforts towards improving governance and living conditions of the people;

6. Appeals to all Malian citizens to remain calm and refrain from any actions or public declarations that could further exacerbate the situation in the country and create the necessary conditions for peaceful and inclusive dialogue and mediation efforts currently underway; in this regard, encourages the Malian stakeholders to continue with the dialogue and negotiation processes to promote a peaceful and durable solution to the ongoing crisis in the country;

7. Reiterates AU’s continued support to the efforts of the ECOWAS in Mali and calls on the international community, in particular the United Nations, to continue to providing support to Mali, in efforts aimed at addressing the root causes of the crisis in this country, particularly issues related to governance, security and development;

8. Decides to remain seized of the matter.

PSC Secretariat / African Union

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Mali – Mahmoud Dicko: Mali’s Albatross

By Victor Ariole

No quarrel is ever small”. Amadou Hampaté Bâ

08/08/2020 – The Malian debacle is bound to explode if it is not quickly nipped in the bud like the great sage Bâ says, try to avoid a quarrel before it turns to a conflagration that could destroy both humans and their long sought freedom. At independence, a Keita was the president of Mali and it was in respect of tradition that the reigning dynasty in Mali be the leader. He was Modibo Keita. Modibo aligned himself very well with the people as per the adoption of socialist principles which endeared him to the most powerful neighbour, Senegal, to form the federation of West Sudan toward convincing the stretch that traverses Burkina Faso, Niger, and Nigeria, to have a common Sudanese government that could link them to the Arab world. Continuer à lire … « Mali – Mahmoud Dicko: Mali’s Albatross »

Mali/Niger : UN closes two Malian refugee camps in Niger, citing security fears

08/08/2020 – Some 15,000 Malians were moved out of two large refugee camps in western Niger in late 2019 to live in nearby towns where they will be safer from jihadist attacks, the United Nations announced for the first time on Wednesday.

« The closure of the camps in December 2019 was a joint decision (by the UN refugee agency and the government of Niger) and was accelerated last year with the deterioration of the security situation, » Benoit Moreno, a UNHCR official in the capital Niamey, told AFP. Continuer à lire … « Mali/Niger : UN closes two Malian refugee camps in Niger, citing security fears »

Mali: nouvelles manifestations pour le départ du président Keïta le 11 août (contestations)

08/08/2020 – De nouvelles manifestations auront lieu le 11 août à Bamako pour exiger la démission du président Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, les premières depuis une trêve de plus de deux semaines, a annoncé vendredi le mouvement qui mène la contestation au Mali. Continuer à lire … « Mali: nouvelles manifestations pour le départ du président Keïta le 11 août (contestations) »

Mali : les neuf nouveaux membres de la Cour constitutionnelle désignés

08/08/2020 – Les neuf nouveaux membres de la Cour constitutionnelle du Mali sont révélés ce vendredi par un décret présidentiel.Selon le décret, le président malien Ibrahima Boubacar Kéita a nommé Aser Kamaté, Amadou Ousmane Touré et Doucouré Kadidia Traoré.

Le président de l’Assemblée nationale Moussa Timbiné a désigné Maliki Ibrahim, Bâ Haoua Toumagnon (F) et Beyla Bâ.

Quant au Conseil supérieur de la magistrature, il a désigné Demba Tall, Mohamed Abdourahamane Maïga et Djénéba Karabenta (F).

La recomposition de la Cour constitutionnelle conformément aux dispositions constitutionnelles du Mali est l’une des recommandations du Sommet extraordinaire des chefs d’Etat et de gouvernement de la Communauté économique des Etats de l’Afrique de l’Ouest (CEDEAO) tenu par visioconférence le 27 juillet sur la situation sociopolitique au Mali.

La recommandation de recomposer la Cour constitutionnelle est pour vider les contentieux électoraux liés au second tour des législatives qui sont à l’origine de la crise sociopolitique actuelle.


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Bolloré Transport & Logistics provides logistics support to the mango industry in Cote d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso and Mali

07/08/2020 – For the 2020 crop year, the operational teams of Bolloré Transport & Logistics have processed 10,575 tons, or 940 TEU, of mangos via air and maritime transport.

A partner of the mango industry, Bolloré Transport & Logistics guarantees the cold chain, right from the packing phase in hard-to-access production zones, through its logistics platforms located in Côte d’Ivoire (Bouaké, Ferké and Korhogo), Burkina Faso (Bobo-Dioulasso) and Mali (Sikasso and Bamako). Controls are carried out regularly to ensure that the temperature is maintained throughout the transport. Continuer à lire … « Bolloré Transport & Logistics provides logistics support to the mango industry in Cote d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso and Mali »

Mozambican govt begs Zim for military rescue

07/08/2020 – The Mozambican government, battling an Islamist insurgency which has cost more than 1 000 lives, has abandoned the idea of seeking military intervention from the Southern African Development Community (Sadc) and now prefers a bilateral arrangement with Zimbabwe, it has emerged. Continuer à lire … « Mozambican govt begs Zim for military rescue »

Mozambique denies knowledge of ship tied to Beirut blast

07/08/2020 – Mozambican port authorities on Thursday denied any knowledge of the ship carrying the cargo of ammonium nitrate said to have caused the devastating explosion in Beirut.

They were reacting to widespread reports that the ammonium nitrate had arrived in Lebanon in 2013 on board a Moldovan-flagged ship sailing from Georgia and bound for the central port city of Beira. Continuer à lire … « Mozambique denies knowledge of ship tied to Beirut blast »

Russian Wagner mercenaries moving from Jufra to Sirte: Libyan Army

07/08/2020 – Mercenaries of the Russian Wagner Group are en route to much-contested Sirte after leaving Jufra, the Libyan Army said in a statement Thursday.

The Wagner mercenaries, which are fighting on behalf of putschist Gen. Khalifa Haftar, are moving in a 21-vehicle convoy including four trucks and two ammunition carriers, the army of the United Nations-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) said in a Facebook post. Continuer à lire … « Russian Wagner mercenaries moving from Jufra to Sirte: Libyan Army »

Russia may have deployed S-400 air defence system in Libya

07/08/2020 – Pictures circulating on social media suggest Russia may have deployed its S-400 air defence system in Libya, an analyst writing for Forbes said on Thursday.

Images posted online appear to show a large radar and vertical missile tubes near Ras Lanuf in eastern Libya. If they are part of Russia’s S-300 or S-400 system, “it could help tip the scales in the favour of Russia and its local allies against Turkish-backed forces,” defence analyst H I Sutton said. Continuer à lire … « Russia may have deployed S-400 air defence system in Libya »