JEDDAH, 11th August, 2016 (WAM) — The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has firmly condemned the renewed violence in Northern Mali, in which five Malian military servicemen, kidnapped earlier, were recently murdered.

Further, OIC Secretary General Iyad Ameen Madani expressed his deep concern with the ongoing clashes between the self-defence Tonuareg Imghad and Allies (GATIA) Group, and the Azawad Movements Coordination (AMC), occurring some fifty kilometers from the town of Kidal in the Tassik area.

He emphasised that, as signatories of the Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation in Mali, the armed groups involved in the repeated violations of the cease-fire, and responsible for casualties and loss of life among innocent civilians, should bear full responsibility and ensure the return of calm and security in Northern Mali.

He also expressed his solidarity with the Malian Government, along with his compassion for the families of the murdered soldiers and civilian victims, whose lives have been claimed in frequent occurrences, as part of the cycle of violence in the conflict zones.

Madani reiterated his call to GATIA and AMC, and urged them to immediately comply with the various security arrangements they recently concluded. He recalled that the OIC is committed to the implementation of the Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation in Mali, as the only road to the establishment of peace and stability in the country. He added that he asked the OIC Special Envoy to Mali, Minister Chaikh Tegani Gadio, to visit the area in an attempt to seek ways to end the conflict within the framework of the Peace and Reconciliation Agreement.