10 January 2014

Mali: Reform or Relapse

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b) showing determination to continue discussions and to implement the recommendations of these forums, by linking them directly to a political decision-making process; and

c) clarifying the mission and functioning of the Dialogue, Truth and Reconciliation Commission, adding to its prerogatives a fact-finding mission on crimes committed since 1963.

To MINUSMA, ECOWAS, witnesses to the Ouagadougou Agreement (AU, EU and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation) and the French government:

13. Continue to facilitate negotiations maintaining a neutral position as between the government and armed groups.

To initiate a meaningful reform of the state and governance

To the Malian government:

14. Show capacity to implement long-lasting state reforms through immediate, tangible actions mainly by:

a) continuing, in the short-term, to enforce discipline and a strict respect of hierarchy within the armed forces and undertaking a long-term reform of the security sector in collaboration with the EU training mission in Mali (EUTM);

b) implementing short-term measures to restore public services in the north and throughout the country;

c) implementing, in the longer term, the main recommendations of the general meetings on decentralisation, steering clear of the pitfalls of an ill-prepared decentralisation;

d) facilitating, without delay, judicial action against corruption, and quickly highlighting the first results of such action; and

e) putting in place a longer-term policy to restore the capacities and independence of the justice system.

To Mali's partners and donors:

15. Review fully the failures of past aid policies, taking into account their own responsibilities as well as those of Malian leaders.

16. Coordinate their actions, especially through the creation of frequent donor forums to define an aid policy tailored to the country's limited absorption capacities.

17. Put in place mechanisms to ensure a better monitoring of aid disbursement and to significantly reduce embezzlement.

18. Help the government set priorities and plan decisions while focusing on tangible actions to restore public services and economic development across the country and not only in regional capitals.

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