Magharebia (Washington DC)

24 January 2013

Mali: Moderates Exit Ansar Al-Din

In a statement issued two weeks after the start of Malian and French military operations to reclaim northern Mali, the breakaway faction called for dialogue.

The newly-formed Islamic Movement of Azawad (MIA) said it would fight "all forms of extremism and terrorism".

The group called on "Malian authorities and France to cease hostilities... in the north-eastern regions of Kidal and Menaka to create a climate of peace, which will pave the way for an inclusive political dialogue".

MIA leader Alghabasse Ag Intalla represented Ansar al-Din during the Burkinabe peace negotiations late last year.

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