Tuaregs breached peace deal, army claims

2013-07-08 19:45
(Jerome Delay, AP/File)

(Jerome Delay, AP/File)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Bamako - Mali's army has accused a Tuareg rebel group of breaching a peace accord in the flashpoint northeastern town of Kidal, by attacking civilians and soldiers.

"The MNLA has mobilised women and children in Kidal to throw stones at the black population, African [peacekeeping] troops and Malian soldiers," army spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Diarran Kone said late on Sunday, referring to the Tuareg separatist National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA).

"It's a serious violation of the peace accord" signed on 18 June by the rebels and Mali's transitional government, he added.

Kone stated that when Malian soldiers entered the Tuareg-held town on Friday, "demonstrators, manipulated by the MNLA, wounded three African soldiers of Minusma [the UN stabilisation mission in Mali] and stoned three Malian army vehicles, including an ambulance."

'Speak out'

The spokesperson urged "impartial forces" - meaning the French army, which intervened in Mali in January to quell an Islamist insurgency in the north, as well as the UN troops in Kidal - "to speak out" against the breach of the peace accord.

Kidal, a town prized by light-skinned ethnic Tuaregs, has been occupied by the MNLA since the end of January, but the rebels agreed as part of the ceasefire deal reached in Ouagadougou to let government troops in ahead of key presidential elections scheduled for 28 July.

An African military source in Kidal told AFP that several dozen civilian refugees had gathered for protection at the military base in town, where Malian, French and African troops are assembled.

Residents "are being subjected to reprisals by armed Tuareg groups" for having expressed relief and joy when the first 150 Malian soldiers arrived in Kidal, the source said.

He expressed concern at the "climate of tension" in the town at a time when campaigning for the first round of the presidential poll was under way.

Demonstrations


Witnesses said demonstrations for and against the presence of Malian troops have been taking place since Friday.

In the capital Bamako, presidential candidate Tiebile Drame, who helped negotiate the accord in Burkina Faso's capital, on Monday officially asked the Constitutional Court to postpone the election, his lawyer Hamidou Diabate told AFP.

Diabate said the law had been broken because an "electoral college [the total number of voters] cannot be convened as long as the voters' lists have not been established" across the national territory. He argued that no electoral lists have been drawn up for the 13 constituencies in Kidal.

Previous demands for the postponement of the poll have been rejected by the government.
 

Read more on:    mali  |  west africa
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
2 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24

 
/Sport

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Save up to 40% on outdoor accessories!

Tents, sleeping, day packs and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

Month End Madness Sale!

Save up to 60% on across a wide range of goods from books to electronics, DVDs and many more. Sale end 31 January 2015. Shop now!

Valentine’s Day gifts – 14 Feb!

Gifts to spoil him and her. While stocks last. Shop now!

30% off fragrances

Get 30% off fragrances for him and her. While stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 30% off All Textbooks

Save up to 30% off an extensive range of prescribed textbooks for all major universities and FET colleges. Shop Now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

There is a tendency to be too fixed on a set way of doing things today. You may get challenged and the best approach is to keep an...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.