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Mali: Security Council Press Statement

Published Friday August 16 2013

The members of the Security Council take note of the provisional results of the presidential runoff elections in Mali, as announced by the transitional authorities of Mali on 15 August 2013, which declared Mr. Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta the elected President of the Republic of Mali.

The members of the Security Council commend the Malian people for their peaceful participation in the electoral process.

The members of the Security Council commend the transitional authorities of Mali for the successful preparation, organization and management of the elections. They also welcome the efforts of domestic and international observers and bilateral and international partners to support the electoral process. The members of the Security Council express their appreciation to the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) for the security and logistical support it provided during the electoral process.

The members of the Security Council consider the holding of these elections a major step toward the restoration of democratic governance and constitutional order in Mali. The members of the Security Council stress the importance of Malian civilian control and oversight of the military.

The members of the Security Council reiterate their call on all signatories of the Ouagadougou Agreement of 18 June 2013 to fully implement its provisions, including the launching of inclusive and credible peace talks open to all communities of the north of Mali in the timeframe set out by the Agreement, with the goal of securing a durable political resolution to the crisis and long-term peace and stability throughout the country. The members of the Security Council also call for the swift holding of free, fair, transparent, and inclusive legislative elections. In this regard they stress the importance of the national dialogue and reconciliation process.

The members of the Security Council reaffirm resolution 2100 (2013) and, in this regard, stress the importance of MINUSMA’s full operational deployment to stabilize key population centres, especially in the north of Mali, and support the reestablishment of State authority throughout the country, the continued implementation of the transitional road map, and the promotion of the rule of law and protection of human rights.

The members of the Security Council call upon the international community to continue to support the people and authorities of Mali towards achieving lasting peace, stability and reconciliation in Mali and the development of the country.

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