Mali, rebels sign UN ceasefire to end conflict

  • The government of Mali has signed a UN-brokered ceasefire with rebels in an attempt to end the conflict in the northern areas. Media reports said the two sides agreed to immediately end the hostilities.

    Troops from France and Africa had to intervene in Mali two years ago to stop fighters linked to al-Qaeda from advancing on the capital Bamako. Though they were expelled, other rebel groups including Islamist ones remained active. Thursday’s agreement has been signed by the government and an alliance comprising six armed groups.

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