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Vol 55 No 3

Published 7th February 2014


Peace process slows down

The Security Council has sent its own delegation to Mali to try to improve relations with Bamako and advance peace talks on the north

The United Nations Mission, the Mission multidimensionnelle intégrée des Nations Unies pour la stabilisation au Mali, hopes to draw encouragement and a renewed sense of purpose from the UN Security Council’s visit last weekend to Bamako and the north. Minusma was set up by the Council’s Resolution 2100 in April but has yet to convince the public that it has teeth and doesn’t take orders from France. It also hopes it can help breathe life into a peace and reconciliation process that has hit the buffers. The UN’s role has become more important since France lost much local credibility by allowing a ransom to be paid for hostages and, critics say, handing over the northern town of Kidal to the Tuareg-dominated Mouvement national pour la libération d’Azawad (MNLA, AC Vol 54 No 22).

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