Presidents Goodluck Jonathan and Blaise Compaore of Burkina Faso have been commended for their efforts in reaching an agreement at the Ouagadougou negotiations to end the Malian crises.
African Union Commission, AUC, Chairperson, Doctor Dlamini Zuma gave the commendation in a statement issued by the Information and Communication Directorate of the commission in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The statement also expressed appreciation to members of the international community who extended support to the effort.
The chairperson said the success of the Ouagadougou negotiations illustrated the crucial role of the ECOWAS region and the neighbouring countries as well as the continent, through the AU, for a successful conclusion of the ongoing process in Mali.
Doctor Zuma urged the Malian parties to honour the commitments they entered into, with the support of the ECOWAS Mediator and Associate Mediator, Presidents Jonathan and Compaore, the AU High representative for Mali and the Sahel and Head of AFISMA, as well as the Special representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in Mali.
According to the statement, the effort equally expresses the importance of a true partnership with the rest of the international community, including the United Nations, as stressed by the Peace and Security Council in various statements on the situation in Mali.