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German Government calls on Malian parties to sign peace agreement

By Germany - Ministry of Foreign Affairs
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BERLIN, Germany, March 3, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- A Federal Foreign Office spokesperson issued the following statement in Berlin today (3 March 2015) in response to the Malian Government and some of the armed groups signing a peace agreement in Algiers on 1 March:

The signing of this peace agreement represents a significant step towards lasting and sustainable peace in Mali, achieved in part thanks to months of effort by international mediators led by Algeria.

All parties which have not yet done so are now expressly called upon also to sign this hard won agreement soon. This is the best chance of peace there will be for the foreseeable future, and it will serve as a basis for reconciliation and development for the people of the whole of Mali.