Mali Peace Agreement: OCP joint battalion installed in Timbuktu

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The Operational Coordination Mechanism (OCP) began, Thursday in Timbuktu, with the installation of a joint patrol part of the Peace and Reconciliation Agreement in Mali, resulting from the Algiers process, announced the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (Minusma).

Mixed patrols of the OCP will be carried out by the Malian Armed Forces, Coordination of Movement Agreements and Coordination of Movements of Azawad. They must work together to create a secure environment in the region.

“The first elements of the Timbuktu operational mechanism are, in the first instance, secured in their camp by MINUSMA and will take charge of their own security,” said the commander of the security force MINUSMA, Belgian General Jean-Paul Deconinck, during a press conference.

They are divided between the three signatories of the agreement, namely, the OCP with 17 elements, the coordination of the movements of the agreement with 17 men and the Malian government with 17 soldiers of the regular army.

The operational coordination mechanism is planned to secure the interim authorities.
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