UN slaps sanctions on 5 Malians for obstructing peace deal

This photo taken on July 14, 2016 shows a soldier of the United Nations mission to Mali standing guard near a UN vehicle after it drove over an explosive device near Kidal, northern Mali. (AFP file photo)
Updated 10 July 2019

UN slaps sanctions on 5 Malians for obstructing peace deal

UNITED NATIONS: The UN Security Council has added five Malians to the UN sanctions blacklist for obstructing implementation of a 2015 peace deal.
The three parties to the 2015 agreement were the government, a pro-government militia known as the Platform, and a coalition of groups called the Coordination of Movements of Azawad, which includes ethnic Arabs and Tuaregs who seek autonomy in northern Mali.
The council imposed a travel ban and asset freeze Tuesday on Mohamed Ould Mataly, a member of parliament from President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita’s political party; Ahmed Ag Albachar, a coalition member who heads a humanitarian commission in northern Kidal; and Mahri Sidi Amar Ben Daha, a member of the Platform.
Sanctions were also levied on dissident Houka Houka Ag Alhousseini and trafficker Mohamed Ben Ahmed Mahri.


NATO chief visits Afghanistan as US, Taliban to sign deal

Updated 29 February 2020

NATO chief visits Afghanistan as US, Taliban to sign deal

  • Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and US Defense Secretary Mark Esper will join the NATO chief at a press conference
  • The details of the deal, to be signed in Doha on Saturday, have not been disclosed

BURSSELS: NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg was in Afghanistan on Saturday for meetings with officials as the United States and the Taliban were to sign a long-sought deal, the alliance said.
Stoltenberg was to participate in a Kabul media conference later Saturday with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and US Defense Secretary Mark Esper, the NATO statement said.
He was also to meet the head of the US and NATO forces in the country, General Scott Miller, as well as other commanders of the alliance’s training mission there.
The details of the deal, to be signed in Doha on Saturday, have not been disclosed, but it is expected to set the terms of the US to start withdrawing the more than 12,000 troops it has in Afghanistan in return for commitments from the Taliban.
It carries with it hopes of a fall in violence in Afghanistan after decades of conflict and the opening of peace talks with the Afghan government, which was excluded from the direct US-Taliban negotiations.

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