Mali's former rebels agree to join peace conference

2017-03-28 16:08


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

Bamako, March 28, 2017 (AFP) -Former rebels in Mali on Tuesday reversed a decision to boycott a national reconciliation conference after receiving assurances from the government, a spokesperson said.

The talks were agreed in a 2015 peace deal signed by Tuareg-led rebels, the government and pro-Bamako militias aimed at ending successive separatist uprisings in Mali's north, most recently in 2012, and to isolate jihadist groups.

On Monday, the Coordination of Movements of Azawad (CMA), the former rebel alliance, and Mali's opposition groupings announced they would not attend, saying the planned 7-day meeting was not long enough and its aims were too limited.

But CMA representatives were present at the summit on Tuesday, including a spokesman for the ex-rebels, Mohamed Elmaouloud Ramadane.

Ramadane told AFP the CMA had reversed its decision after the government agreed that "the process would continue" beyond the scheduled conclusion of the summit on April 2.

There was no indication whether the opposition groups would reverse their decision to boycott. The opposition also wants the conference to debate the "current governance" of Mali.

The implementation of the peace accord has been piecemeal and insurgents who refused to sign the deal are still active across large parts of the country.

Mali's north fell under the control of jihadist groups linked to al-Qaeda in 2012 who hijacked the rebel uprising, though the Islamists were largely ousted by a French-led military operation in January 2013.

Read more on:    al-qaeda  |  mali  |  west africa

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


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 network.


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.