France wants sanctions against spoilers blocking Mali peace

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France says it's fed up with delays in implementing a 2015 peace agreement in Mali and is moving ahead to impose sanctions on spoilers obstructing the peace process.

French Ambassador Francois Delattre made the announcement Wednesday at a U.N. Security Council meeting on Mali and received immediate support for sanctions from Britain, the United States, the Netherlands and others.

Delattre says France will work with the supporters to identify the spoilers and submit their names to the council committee monitoring sanctions against Mali. The panel has the final say on imposing sanctions.

Mahamat Saleh Annadif is the U.N. special envoy for Mali and he said sanctions could be imposed on members of the three parties to the agreement — the government, an alliance of Tuareg-led rebels and a pro-government militia.