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Vol 58 No 7

Published 31st March 2017


Combat and compromise

The government may be giving the northern Tuareg nobility too much in its bid to restore peaceful regional government

At the last minute – and helped by United Nations pressure – Mali's government has persuaded the former separatists of the Coordination des Mouvements de l'Azawad (CMA) to take part in the Conférence d'entente nationale, which began in Bamako on 27 March. An umbrella alliance of northern armed groups that fought for autonomy but then signed the 2015 Algiers peace accord, the CMA had threatened to stay away. Its U-turn boosts the credibility of the conference, which is tasked with writing a consensus national peace charter.

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