the inter-Malian dialogue results in nearly 300 recommendations

the inter-Malian dialogue results in nearly 300 recommendations
the inter-Malian dialogue results in nearly 300 recommendations

AA / Bamako / Amarana Maiga

Nearly 300 recommendations resulting from the inter-Malian dialogue were submitted on Monday to the President of the Transition, Colonel Assimi Goïta.

These recommendations were identified at the end of the national phase of the inter-Malian dialogue which took place from May 6 to 10, with the participation of more than 3,000 participants.

Engage in dialogue with all Malian armed movements, the establishment of a national day of forgiveness, organization of the return of refugees and displaced people, the establishment of a framework for permanent intra- and inter-community dialogue, disbanding militias and groups of self-defense and ensuring the socio-professional reintegration of their combatants, are, among other recommendations, formulated by the participants in the theme of peace, national reconciliation and social cohesion.

They also favor the use of our habits and customs as means of prevention, management and resolution of conflicts, but also to strengthen the capacities of traditional authorities and legitimacies in the prevention, management and settlement of community conflicts and finally establish a monument on the site of the attack on the “Timbuktu” boat which occurred on September 7, 2023 in Chambou, in the Circle of Gourma-Rharous.

Several dozen other recommendations were made in the areas of the economy and sustainable development, the upcoming elections prompting the candidacy of Colonel Assimi Goïta as well as the security and defense aspect of the territory.

The President of the Transition, Colonel Assimi Goïta declared on this occasion that ”the objective assigned to this dialogue was to diagnose the causes of intra-community and inter-community conflicts in order to outline an architecture of lasting peace, sew together the social fabric and strengthen living together”.

According to him, the issue of this inter-Malian dialogue was the preservation of national unity and territorial integrity.

He also urged the bodies of the Transition to take the necessary measures for the diligent implementation and monitoring of the recommendations made.

Finally, Goïta launched an appeal to all those who did not participate in the dialogue to join other Malians in order to build lasting peace, an essential condition for all development.

In reaction to these recommendations, the parties, groupings of parties and civil society organizations signatories to the declaration of March 31, 2024 spoke of “a grotesque political trap”. The exercise which has just ended did not result in any Malian peace and reconciliation initiatives, they regretted.

“This dialogue, ultimately, which was supposed to be a unifying framework for all the vital forces of the Nation, in order to identify the sources of the crises which are shaking the country, to prevent and manage conflicts by promoting endogenous management mechanisms, revealed itself to be a grotesque political trap, given its unfolding, the context of exclusion created upstream of significant forces, and its major conclusions in advance.

In addition, continue the political parties and groups, “the recommendations of the “inter-Malian dialogue” which has just ended cannot commit the Malian people who are overwhelmed by insecurity and daily difficulties, a people prey to the difficulties of “an unprecedented high cost of living, a people who are confronted with the consequences of power cuts to which the authorities have demonstrated their notorious incapacity to provide even the slightest hint of a solution.”

As a reminder, this inter-Malian dialogue was initiated by the President of the Transition, after the cancellation of the peace and reconciliation agreement resulting from the Algiers process signed in 2015 between the Malian government and northern rebel groups , with the aim of nationalizing the debate on Mali’s internal issues, including security, development and governance.

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