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The international community will closely watch the developments following this decision and its potential impact on Mali's stability and the wider Sahel region © Mena Today
In a significant diplomatic turn of events, the ruling junta in Mali announced on Thursday evening the "immediate termination" of the crucial Algerian-brokered agreement signed in 2015 with northern independentist groups.
This accord, long considered essential for stabilizing the country, now faces an uncertain future.
The junta cited "a change in the posture of some signatory groups" as well as "hostile acts and instrumentalization of the agreement by Algerian authorities, which lead the mediation efforts" as reasons for the abrupt termination.
The announcement was made via a statement read on state television by Colonel Abdoulaye Maïga, the government's spokesperson appointed by the military.
The 2015 Algerian-brokered agreement was aimed at bringing peace and stability to northern Mali, which had been plagued by years of conflict and insurgency. Its sudden termination raises concerns about the region's future stability and the prospects for a peaceful resolution to the ongoing conflicts in Mali.
Algeria, which played a pivotal role in mediating the agreement, now faces a diplomatic setback, as the termination not only questions the effectiveness of its efforts but also underscores the complexities of dealing with fragile political situations in the region.
The international community will closely watch the developments following this decision and its potential impact on Mali's stability and the wider Sahel region. It remains to be seen how Algeria and other key stakeholders will respond to this abrupt termination and seek a way forward in addressing the challenges facing Mali.
By Bruno Finel
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