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Country Report Mali

  • ID: 2138674
  • July 2015
  • Region: Mali
  • 25 Pages
  • The Economist Intelligence Unit

Factional rivalries have hampered the initial work of the committee set up to monitor the implementation of the peace agreement for northern Mali.

The main autonomist former rebel group, the Co-ordination des mouvements de l'Azawad (CMA), is determined to maintain its predominance and reluctant to cede much influence to what it regards as secondary factions. These tensions have surfaced again in wrangling over the status of the various armed groups seeking a role within the monitoring committee. Two smaller factions-the Coalition du peuple pour l'Azawad (CPA) and the CMFPR III-sought to be included in the committee with the status of signatories of the peace deal (which was finally signed by the CMA on June 20th). But the CMA insisted it would only tolerate their presence as movements that had accepted the accord, rather than having actually signed it.

Throughout the prolonged Mali crisis, the CMA and its main constituent armed groups, the Mouvement national de libération de l'Azawad (MNLA) and the Haut conseil pour l'unité de l'Azawad (HCUA), have sought to present themselves as the principal voice of the people of northern Mali. In fact the MNLA and the HCUA represent only one slice of northern opinion, but they are reluctant to concede equal status to other northern groups for fear that this would undermine their legitimacy and their hopes of playing a predominant role in the new autonomous structures being established for the north.

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Country Report Mali

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