Bamako suspends compensation for armed groups at the Peace Agreement Monitoring Committee

Bamako suspends compensation for armed groups at the Peace Agreement

The Malian transitional authorities have on the sly suspended the allowances of the representatives of the armed groups sitting on the Monitoring Committee of the 2015 peace agreement (CSA). These groups had suspended their participation in the CSA last December, amid extreme tensions with the transitional government.

We have not received any official notification, but no more payments have been made since [le mois de, ndlr] December », Explains a framework of the CSP (Permanent Strategic Framework), which brings together all the armed groups signatories to the peace agreement.

Requested by RFI, the Malian Ministry of National Reconciliation, in charge of the peace agreement, did not follow up.

According to several executives of the signatory movements, the allowances cut represent nearly one million FCFA per month, for each of the six representatives of the CMA, former separatist rebels, and the six others of the Platform, who have always defended unity. of the Malian state. These representatives sit on the Monitoring Committee and on various thematic commissions created to ensure the implementation of the agreement. Civil servants representing the Malian State in these bodies receive the same allowances.

The armed groups suspended their participation in the monitoring bodies of the peace agreement on December 22, to protest against the lack of involvement, according to them, of the Malian government in the implementation of the agreement.

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It’s normal “, relativizes a CSP executive, who compares the situation to that of unpaid striking workers. ” It’s an act of pettiness “, judges another, who recalls that the last two monitoring committees which had been convened, in October and November, had been boycotted by the Malian Minister for Reconciliation, Colonel Ismaël Wagué, himself.

Two weeks ago, Bamako officially wrote to the Algerian mediator to denounce multiple violations of the peace agreement by armed groups. Accusations dismissed by these groups. For several months, Algiers, leader of international mediation, tries to restore the dialogue between the two parties and to save a peace agreement that is more threatened than ever.

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