A petition campaign aimed at gathering as many signatures as possible to endorse a ‘Manifesto for the Nation’ was officially launched on Saturday in Bamako by political parties and associations under the Alliance of the Democrats and Patriots to solve the crisis (ADPS).
Seydou Badian Noumboina, 84, who is a writer, political analyst and leading figure of Malian intellectual and cultural life was the first to sign the document during a Round Table gathering delegates from several political parties.
“The secessionist threat is as dangerous and intolerable to us than terrorism," said ex-PM Soumana Sako who is the current chairman of National Convention for a United Africa (CNAS), one of the parties which initiated the campaign.
Speaking before some 200 participants, Sako condemned the “defeatist language” from the UN circles which “are playing into terrorists and separatists hands and serving the interests of the powers eager to subjugate the Malian State.”
"Mali is ready to engage with some countries in the psychological war of attrition meant to have the country give up and accept the occupation of its northern regions,” he concluded.
Source African Press Agency
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