BAMAKO, MAY 26, 2015 (CISA) – Daily clashes between the Malian army, some pro-government militias and the Coordination of Movements of Azawad in the north of our Country is a major concern for locals, who do not know when they will find peace, Fides reports.
“The people of Mali had placed great hope in the peace agreement signed on May 15, but unfortunately violence continues in the northern regions,” says Fr Edmond Ndebele, secretary of the Catholic Episcopal conference of Mali.
“… Two groups of the Coordination presented themselves on May 15 in Bamako to sign peace agreements. But the main groups of the Coordination, such as the MNLA (National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad), have so far refused to accede to the Agreement of May 15 and asked to continue negotiations in order to obtain more concessions”, he added.
“Despite the upsurge of violence in recent weeks, there are high hopes that agreements are found to restore peace. After all, we have no alternative”, added Fr Dembele.
In a statement May 23, the United States State Department condemned the recent violence in northern Mali, citing the reported Tin Hama killings.