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Dutch Minister for Foreign and European Affairs Bert Koenders underlined Monday in Algiers his country’s “support” to the efforts of Algeria in the peace process in Mali, reaffirming the importance of a “peaceful” solution in Libya.
“I welcome and support the efforts made by Lamamra in the peace process in Mali,” said Koenders in a press conference jointly led with Foreign Affairs Minister Ramtane Lamamra.
Affirming that his country shares “the same concern” as Algeria concerning “the rise of extremism and its effects on the stability and security of the region,” the Dutch minister emphasized on the importance to achieve a peace agreement between Malian government and the political-military groups of Northern Mali.
Koenders, who was also the special envoy of the United Nations Secretary General and head of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), described the signing of the Deceleration of parties to the Process of Algiers on a cease-fire in Mali as a “crucial” step.
Regarding the situation in Libya, he affirmed that “it is important to reach a peaceful solution raquo to the crisis affecting this country, pointing out that the Netherlands and Algeria “are working together and support the efforts” of the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General for Libya Bernardino Leon in his mission.
Source : Algerie Presse Service