Bystanders on the street of Kidal, Mali. UN Photo/Mark Garten

28 July 2014 ? The Security Council today commended the parties to the inter-Malian dialogue on the recent adoption of a roadmap and called on them to fully comply with their commitments, including by engaging in comprehensive peace talks.

The first phase of the inter-Malian negotiation process ? held from 16 to 24 July in Algiers with the aim of achieving a comprehensive peace agreement ending the crisis in Mali ? concluded with the consensus adoption of a roadmap by the parties.

The Council, in a presidential statement, called on the parties to fully comply with the commitments outlined in the roadmap, including by engaging in the comprehensive peace talks scheduled to be held in Algiers on 17 August.

?The Security Council underscores the importance of an inclusive and credible negotiation process open to all communities of the north of Mali, with the goal of securing a durable political resolution to the crisis and long-term peace and stability throughout the country, respecting the sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity of the Malian State,? said the 15-member body.

It also reiterated its concern about the fragile security situation in the north of Mali and called on all parties to immediately and fully respect the ceasefire agreement signed in May, as well as the declaration of the Cessation of Hostilities signed last week in Algiers.

Despite initial improvements in 2013, the situation in northern Mali has deteriorated since the beginning of 2014, according to the Secretary-General?s most recent report. An increase in incidents involving improvised explosive devices, mostly targeting Malian and international security forces, contributed to an overall sense of insecurity that has impeded the return to normalcy and resumption of economic and development activities.

?The Security Council reiterates its demand on all armed groups in Mali to cease hostilities immediately, as well as reject the recourse to violence,? said today?s statement.

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