16 November 2012

Mali Mediation Talks Break New Ground

Photo: Magharebia
Some Touareg rebels.

Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore on Friday (November 16th) led joint talks with delegations from Malian rebel groups Ansar al-Din and the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA), Journal Tahalil reported.

The Ouagadougou meeting is the first to be held between the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) lead mediator for the Mali crisis, the armed Islamists and the MNLA.

Over the past few months, Campaore met separately with the rival Touareg separatist groups to encourage them to reach a "common platform".

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