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OXFAM’s Humanitarian Campaign Manager, Elise Ford, has said the “Together for a New Mali” conference in Brussels is crucial for raising funds, but stressed the need to set the right tone. According Elise Ford, similar large-scale funding events have suffered from a lack of ownership on the part of the populations targeted, citing Haiti as a dangerous precedent.
Mali’s Interim President, Dioncounda Traoré, has said he is ready to take part in a dialogue with the mainly Touareg National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad, the MNLA. Meanwhile, government troops are advancing on Kidal.
International donors pledged more than $4.22bn on Wednesday to help Mali redeem after a dispute with al-Qaeda-linked fighters. The sum exceeds a goals of Mali that had asked donors for $2.57 for this year and next.
International donors opened a conference on Mali Wednesday aimed at raising some two billion euros ($2.6 billion), pledging to help all sides in the troubled country avoid the mistakes which led to war and political crisis.
There have been continuing reports of clashes between Arab and Tuareg fighters around Ber, 60 kilometres north of Timbuktu, triggering the intervention of Burkinabe and Malian troops.
Security services have broken up an Islamist cell in the Malian capital Bamako. The cell was operated by one of the Islamist groups that have been threatening peace in the north of Mali, a police source said.
Council members unanimously voted in favour of establishing the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA).MINUSMA is set to deploy in July for an initial period of 12 months
The chairman of the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) has asked the Prime Minister, Diango Cissokho, to postpone presidential elections scheduled in July but the government has rejected the recommendation.
One of the main headaches confronting the GSS as it met in Bamako on Friday was the role of the MNLA in and around Kidal. The mainly Touareg group still has a strong presence there. Given the International Support Mission to Mali (MISMA) is meant to be disarming all armed groups, the MNLA should be amongst those willing to demobilize and surrender its weapons.
The army announced on Tuesday they had been withdrawn and sent to Paphos in Cyprus, where they will spend three days in a hotel before heading back to France.