Malian Crisis - Algeria Led Mediation 'Without Exerting Any Pressure,' Stresses Zahabi
Algeria has led the international mediation in the context of the resolution of the crisis in Mali, "without exerting any pressure on any part whatsoever," Malian Minister of National Reconciliation and Northern Regions Development Sidi Mohamed Ould Zahabi said Tuesday in Bamako.
"I often hear that there were not enough negotiations between the parties (in conflict), but I deny these allegations," Zahabi told APS.
He added that Algeria gave a "great lesson in diplomacy" through the dialogue process, thanks to the "excellent quality" of all parties involved in the settlement of this crisis, including the Minister of Foreign Affairs Ramtane Lamamra, who has "great foresight" and "vast experience" to lead the mediation.
"Mali has the full confidence of Algeria which has always helped our country in the most difficult moments," he argued, pointing out that Algeria, through its "diplomatic weight" in the region, was the "most appropriate" to be leader of the mediation.
He said the Algiers process was "relevant" and allowed everyone to "speak and defend his views."