Algeria and Mali decide
by Echorouk Al Yaoumi
This came out in a statement issued in Algiers at the end of the joint Algerian-Malian border committee which brought out the imperious necessity of beefing up security along the borders of the two neighbouring countries.
The session of the committee was co-chaired by the Minister-delegate in charge of local communities Mr Daho Ould Kablia and by General Kafougouna Kone, Malian minister in charge of territorial Administration and local communities.
The session held in Algiers is the 10th of the like bringing together Algerian and Malian officials since 1995.
The two sides agreed to step up security notably between the southern Algerian towns of Tamanrasset, Adrar and Illizi and the northern Malian towns of Kidal, Gao and Tomboctou, on the other side of the border.
The aim of such an agreement is to ward off any terror attacks from the two sides of the border, to check the rising flow of illegal immigrants and to stamp out all smuggling activities in the sub-region.
Algeria and Mali have already agreed to set up a common fund worth 1.75 million Euros aimed primarily at clearing the way for a lasting settlement of the conflict between the Bamako Authorities and Touareg rebels.
This financial package will be used for the financing of several socio-economic and development projects for the benefit of the long-neglected Touareg community in northern Mali.
It should be noted that the Malian President is expected on a working visit to Algeria starting from Sunday November 25th.