Mali: Nonviolence: The task of the Association of Municipalities of Sikasso
an article by Aguibou Sogodogo, Le Rιpublicain, reprinted by Mali Actu (abridged)
The opening ceremony of the capacity building
workshop for local officials for promotion of peace
and non-violence in the circle of Sikasso took
place at the Charles Wanga training center on
Tuesday, December 16, 2014,. The four-day
workshop was organized by the Association of
Municipalities of Mali (AMM) of Sikasso circle in
partnership with the Shared Governance
Programme for Security and Peace (PGPSP). The
objective of this workshop was to contribute to a
culture of peace and non-violence through
improving the response capacity of elected
officials and community leaders in conflict
The Mamelon of Sikasso (archive photo)
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The opening ceremony was chaired by the Deputy
Prefect of the Circle of Sikasso, Siriman Kanoute
in the presence of the coordinator of PGPSP, the
Inspector General of Police Yacouba Diallo, the
president of the AMM-Sikasso, Adama Diarra
Noupounon who is the Mayor of Kourouma and
many other personalities.
n his welcome words, President Adama Diarra N
said that local councilors are key players in
promoting dialogue for conflict prevention, peace
and non-violence. . . For him, the culture of peace
can be established permanently only when the
following conditions are met: sustainable
economic development, the respect of all human
rights, equality of women and men, democratic
participation, development of tolerance and
solidarity. To this end, he said, the main objective
of peace education is to establish peaceful
relationships among individuals, groups and the
State by teaching them to resolve their differences
peacefully. "Note finally that when policy
objectives are legitimate, the use of violence to
achieve them is never justified," concluded the
According to the coordinator of PGPSP, the
Inspector General of Police Yacouba Diallo,
security is a fundamental right of citizens which
conditions the exercise of individual and collective
freedoms, economic and social development. . .
According to him, the PGPSP, which is an
initiative of the Malian government in collaboration
with its partners, has provided a lot of support for
the civil society in the fight against the
proliferation of small arms.
For his part, the Deputy Prefect of Circle of
Sikasso, Siriman Kanoute said that Mali is in a
critical situation in its war against poverty. The
circle of Sikasso faces several kinds of conflict
including conflicts over land. Several themes
were developed by the 40 participants of the
workshop including methods to analyze conflicts.
(Click here for a French version of this article)
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