World Mali: The Assassination of Sidi Brahim Ould Sidati weakens the Algiers

20:25  14 april  2021
20:25  14 april  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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In Mali, the president of the coordination of the movements of Azawad (CMA), a coalition of old rebel movements of the north, was murdered on Tuesday, April 13 in the morning. Sidi Brahim Ould Sidati was killed by bullets near his home in Bamako by two unidentified men.

The shock is still large at the timer of the assassination of Sidi Brahim Ould Sidati. Having become President of the CMA, he was already Secretary General of the Arab Movement of Azawad (MAA), a member of the Coalition.

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It was native of Ber, in the Timbuktu area where he was teaching several years. Sidi Brahim Ould Sidati quickly invested in his community. He worked for several NGOs, particularly in the livestock sector. "This facilitator work with the community has credited with great esteem in the region," says CMA President. An estimate that will allow him to become Mayor of Ber in 2009.

Sidi Brahim Ould Sidati, quickly committed himself for the cause of Azawad. In 2012, he founded the MAA. The movement will fight the Malian forces for the independence of the north of the country.

Towards Peace

In 2015, with other movements, the MAA signs the Algiers Peace Agreement that will put an end to the conflict. Sidi Brahim Ould Sidati himself initias the document.

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Since then, he led the CMA delegation that negotiated the terms of its implementation. Sidi Brahim Ould Sidati has participated in all rounds of negotiation since 2015. "From the beginning, he has invested in the quest for peace," added Mohamed El-Maouloud Ramadane, spokesman for the CMA. Today, we are worried, because this peace is fragile in Mali, nothing can destabilize it.

Tuesday afternoon, the other parts of the agreement reacted to the assassination of Sidi Brahim Ould Sidati. In a statement, international mediation expressed "its consternation". The platform, another coalition of old rebel movements from the North, "condemned this abominable crime of a nature to disrupt peace".

All asked for an immediate and serious investigation, what promised the Prime Minister of Transition, Moctar Ouane.

The fragile Algiers Agreement

at this time, no element has leaked on the identity of the assassins or the mobile of their crime, but this assassination wears a very hard blow to the Algiers agreement, moreover more In addition decried, because its implementation has been dragging for five years.

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Some former rebels believe that the territorial reform provided for by the agreement takes too much time to set up. New regions must be created, their presidents must be elected and their extensive powers. But at the moment, nothing of this has emerged.

On the other hand, in Bamako also voices rise against the Algiers Agreement, perceived as a text imposed by foreign countries, including Algeria and signed by the Malian state in a moment of weakness.

"Certainly, there are enemies of the agreement, but the most serious is that there are enemies of peace in Mali, MAHAMAT Saleh Annadif, Special Representative of the United Nations Mali from 2015 to March 2021 . Of course, the agreement is not the only solution, it is not perfect, but it is one of the most effective ways in the search for peace and stability in Mali. It can be corrected, adjusting it, but the chord must be a solid foundation on which the rest should be built.

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