The Party for National Renaissance (PARENA) organized, on Saturday March 12, 2022, at the Friendship Hotel in Bamako, a day of exchanges and reflections on the way out of the crisis in Mali. Four themes were discussed by the participants during this meeting. These include, among others: “The security situation”; of “The Impact of Sanctions. What solutions? » ; “Reforms and the electoral timetable”; and “An Inclusive Transition”. During the opening ceremony, the President of PARENA, Tiébilé Dramé, former Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, indicated that the sanctions of ECOWAS (Economic Community of East African States West), taken on January 9, 2022 against Mali, caused a negative impact. “We cannot continue to live with these sanctions, so we have to try to get out of them. How can I get out of it? It is because we Malians must come up with courageous, daring proposals in order to be able to put an end to the political and institutional crisis that we are experiencing. “, he said.

Several personalities took part in this meeting organized by PARENA, including the President of PARENA, Tiébilé Dramé, other PARENA officials such as Me Amidou Diabaté, Adja Koura Kamissoko, Djiguiba Keïta (PPR), Sidi Touré, Sidi El Moctar Kounta, the former Minister, Amadou Koïta, Assétou Sangaré of the New Hope Platform Jiguiya Koura, Dr. Ibrahima Sangho of the Observatory for Elections and Good Governance in Mali (OBSERVATORY), Mohamed Youssouf Bathily known as Ras Bath of CDR (Collective for the Defense of the Republic), representatives of the signatory movements of the agreement. The opening ceremony of the said meeting was chaired by the President of PARENA, Tiébilé Dramé. After the observation of a minute of silence in memory of the disappeared, the President of PARENA, Tiébilé Dramé, said that this meeting is made to allow Malians to talk to each other, to talk about the state of the country, to ‘sketch solutions, and try to forge convergences. For the president of the Bélier-Blanc party, it is high time in view of the extent of the crisis in Mali that the Malians, who are concerned about the state of their country, meet to outline solutions. “I believe this is how we can help those who want to help us solve our crisis, our neighbours, ECOWAS, the international community. It would be good for us to come up with proposals, endogenous internal solutions that we will share with the public authorities of our country, with the current authorities of the transition. It would be good if we did this together to show the whole world that Malians are the bearers of solutions to their problems.s”, underlined the president of PARENA. He was delighted with the quality of the participants in this day of exchanges and reflections. “The representatives of the signatory movements of the agreement for peace and national reconciliation, it is important, their presence in this place today, because we have this country, Mali, in common. It is important that we speak together to get out of the crisis. In view of the violence recorded on the territory in recent weeks, it is time to insist on the fact that in the current context of the country, it is important that all the signatory parties to the agreement for peace and reconciliation national authorities observe the greatest restraint in word and deed. It is extremely important that under the clouds that some believe they perceive over what is happening in the northern part of the country, that this be dissipated very quickly, that the issue of maintaining peace, the peace process and the stabilization of the country is the object of a general consensus, that no one crosses a red line “, specified Tiébilé Dramé. According to him, Mali is in a difficult situation. “There has been enough violence in recent times, in recent weeks in our territory for us not to add to it, in particular those who signed the 2015 agreement for peace and national reconciliation are observing the greatest detention “, he said. In addition, he wanted there to be less talk about the peace process, the situation in the north. “It is highly desirable that there be less talk because if there is less talk, we can calmly manage the rest, find ourselves and see what needs to be done. “, he said. The former head of Malian diplomacy indicated that the agreement for peace and national reconciliation is an important step in the quest for peace and stability in Mali that must be preserved. It is important, he says, that there is no new belligerence that adds to the current difficulties. In addition, Tiébilé Dramé indicated that the sanctions of ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States), taken on January 9, 2022 against Mali, have caused a negative impact.

“It is important that we have a peaceful, inclusive transition without jolts so that the country emerges from this crisis”

“We cannot continue to live with these sanctions, so we have to try to get out of them. How can I get out of it? It is because we Malians must come up with courageous, daring proposals in order to be able to put an end to the political and institutional crisis that we are experiencing. “, he said. The speaker expressed PARENA’s gratitude to the participants. “We need a country of peace where we continue to talk to each other, it is important that we have a peaceful, inclusive transition without jolts so that the country emerges from this crisis “, he said.

After the opening ceremony, debates followed behind closed doors. And during this closed session, our source indicates that proposals of 9 to 12 months were made by participants for the holding of elections. But nothing has been decided, said our source. Thus, it was decided, evokes our source, that participants in this day meet other personalities and organizations in order to find a consensus to end the crisis.

During the closing ceremony, held in the afternoon, the President of PARENA, Tiébilé Dramé reaffirmed the need for Mali to emerge from this crisis. “For 18 months, Africa, the rest of the world, everyone has been standing up to help Malians get out of the crisis. Malians must help their neighbors to help them. During the exchanges, we saw the urgency that there is for the country to get out of the sanctions that we are experiencing. To be able to get out of these sanctions, it is important that we move with our neighbours, with our regional community which is ECOWAS and that together, the Malian public actors with the Malian public authorities, we are able to propose a reasonable timetable, realistic, achievable. The actors talked about the possibility of staying in touch, of finding each other, of going beyond those who were present today, joining hands to see together, what can we do so that the ‘we feel that there is, internally, something that is moving “, related Tiébilé Dramé. Following him, the representative of the exchange framework of political parties, Amadou Koïta, president of the PS Party Yeleen Kura, congratulated PARENA for the organization of this day. Before wishing the sustainability of this initiative. As for the representative of the Coordination of Movements of Azawad (CMA), Mohamed El Maouloud Ramadane, he indicated that this meeting organized by PARENA was relevant. He seized the opportunity to demand the implementation of the agreement for peace and national reconciliation.

Aguibou Sogodogo

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