ALGIERS, 4 May 2021 – Algeria says it is prioritizing action to promote peace and reconciliation in Libya and Mali within the African Union (AU).
Sabri Boutadoom, Algeria’s minister of foreign affairs, made the commitment Monday – the same day Algiers assumed the monthly presidency of the African Union’s Peace and Security Council.
Boutadoom spoke via phone with Najla Al-Mangoush, the foreign minister of Libya’s Government of National Unity.
This month’s presidency will be marked by important meetings on the violent conflicts in Libya and Mali, the Algerian news agency reported, citing Boutadoom.
Libya’s first unity government in years, was sworn in in mid-March 2021 in the eastern Libyan city of Tobruk.
The outcome of a United Nations-facilitated and Swiss-mediated process, the government is charged with unifying the country after years of violence and division and also, overseeing the run-up to national elections to be held next December 24.
It is seen as providing Libya the best chance to end a decade of chaos since a NATO-backed uprising, led to the toppling and assassination of the former dictator, Muammar Gaddafi.
A popular uprising backed by the military forced Mali’s president to resign on 19 August 2020, leading to the setting up of a transitional authority that is charged with organizing democratic elections.
Once seen as an emerging democracy, Mali has suffered setbacks to its democratization, including notably a coup in 2012, leading to military interventions in the north and regular uprisings by rebel and extremist groups in many parts of the country.
One of Algeria’s first duty will be to review a report from a Peace and Security Council fact-finding mission currently in Chad offering recommendations on what the continental body should do to uphold constitutional order and rule of law in the central African country.