Friday, February 20, 2015

Mali: Malian government and 6 armed groups agree to cease hostilities

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The Malian government agreed a deal with six armed groups Thursday to cease hostilities as part of UN-sponsored peace talks aimed at ending the crisis in the country’s north.

Algerian Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra said the deal, which does not include al-Qaeda-linked groups, aimed “to create a climate and state of mind on the ground that would help further negotiations leading to a global peace agreement.”

Thursday’s ceasefire was signed in the presence of Lamamra and Mongi Hamdi, the head of the 9,300-strong UN peace mission in Mali (MINUSMA). It came during a fifth round of talks in Algiers that started Monday.

A copy of the released document said the two sides agreed to “observe an immediate cessation of all forms of violence, and to refrain from any provocative acts or comments.”

The News:
http://www.middle-ea … om/english/?id=70269

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