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UN extends sanctions regime in Mali by one year


Individuals violating the 2015 peace agreement may be subject to various measures, including travel bans.

A UN vehicle patrols Bamako on July 27, 2018. Luc Gnago / REUTERS

Unanimously, the UN Security Council has extended for one year, Thursday, August 29, its general regime of sanctions that can be imposed on individuals violating the 2015 peace agreement in Mali. "Those who continue to impede the implementation of the peace agreement will face sanctions," warned France's deputy ambassador to the UN, Anne Gueguen, whose country drafted the resolution.

In July, the UN Security Council added five names to its list of Malians sanctioned by travel bans, including a local parliamentarian and a businessman. Three Malians had been punished by the same measure in December. "These sanctions have helped to change the behavior of some in Mali. They have also promoted progress in the implementation of the peace agreement , " added Anne Gueguen.

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The UN sanctions regime for Mali was introduced in 2017. Since then, the Security Council has repeatedly expressed its impatience at the lack of progress in pacifying the country. Six years after the beginning of a French military intervention against the jihadist groups that had put under their control northern Mali in 2012, the attacks of groups linked to al-Qaeda or the Islamic State (IS) organization continue, inter-community conflicts, particularly in the center of the country.

Source: lemonde

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