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Historic peace agreement signed in Rome between the Tuareg communities of Northern Mali (Azawad)

The Rome Declaration, the peace agreement signed by the Tuareg communities of Northern Mali (Azawad) in the presence of Italy’s Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio, at the Ara Pacis headquarters.

Rome, May 6th 2021. A historic day for Mali. Today a historic peace agreement, facilitated by Ara Pacis Initiatives for Peace, was signed in Rome between the Tuareg communities of Northern Mali/Azawad, in the presence of Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio.

The Agreement, named The Rome Declaration, was signed in the presence of Italy’s Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio, at the Ara Pacis headquarters.

The Rome Declaration is the result of a series of meetings promoted by the non-profit Ara Pacis Initiatives for Peace, which allowed the parties in conflict develop mutual trust in each other.

The newly signed agreement supports the 2015 Algiers Agreements for Peace in Mali and constitutes an important step in the joint efforts to promote stabilization, reconciliation and development in northern Mali (Azawad), in the framework of the stabilization efforts of the transitional government of Bamako.

The mediation activity carried out by Ara Pacis Initiatives for Peace in the context of the agreement between the Tuareg communities of Northern Mali reflects the association’s commitment to assist governments, institutions and communities in fragile, conflict and post-conflict contexts, encourage and carry out initiatives in favor of social cohesion and coexistence among all communities and to promote and support the human dimension of peace.

Read the full text of the Rome Declaration.

DECLARATION OF ROME

We, leaders of the Coordination of Azawad Movements (Coordination des Mouvements de l’Azawad – CMA), of the Platform of Movements of 14 June 2014 in Algiers (Platform des Mouvements) and of the communities, gathered in Rome on 5 and 6 May 2021;

Noting the deterioration of the security situation in the Sahel in general and in Mali in particular, and especially in the North / Azawad regions of Mali;
Taking into account the declaration of creation of the Permanent Strategic Framework (CSP) between the CMA and the Platforme on 6 April 2021 in Bamako;

Given the objectives of the Permanent Strategic Framework, which are:

  • to establish a concrete synergy of efforts towards the diligent implementation of the Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation in Mali, which came out of the Algiers process;
  • to implement joint mechanisms for the fight against all forms of insecurity in order to ensure the free movement of people and their goods;
  • to encourage and carry out initiatives in favor of social cohesion and coexistence amongst all our communities;
  • to achieve better coherence in the support given to the common aspirations of our peoples.
  • Welcoming the declaration dated April 16, 2021 signed between the President of the Superior Council of the Imghad and Allies (CSIA) and the President of the Adagh Council;

reeting the Vademecum on 3 May 2021 between the Idaksahak and the Imajaghane;

We have decided, in order to achieve the objectives of the Permanent Strategic Framework and the creation of a political and security coalition, the preparation of a meeting to set up the definitive bodies of the aforementioned CSP within and no later than a period of 60 days.
We thank and express our deep gratitude to the Italian Government and to Ara Pacis onlus for their initiatives and their efforts employed in the framework of the stabilization of the Sahel in general and of Mali in particular and for offering us the optimal framework that allowed us to achieve the structuring of the Permanent Strategic Framework with great benefit to stabilization.

We invite all our communities to support the initiatives of the CSP and we urge all Movements in favor of peace and social cohesion to join this dynamic.

We appeal to the Government of Mali and to international mediation to accompany the Permanent Strategic Framework in its mission for the benefit of peoples who are under great strife.

Rome, May 6, 2021

For the CMA > Bilal Ag Acherif

For the Plateforme > Fahad Ag Almahmoud