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Country Report Mali

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

After rejecting the draft peace accord reached on March 1st, the Tuareg autonomist armed groups of northern Mali on March 17th agreed to further negotiations, following a visit to their stronghold in Kidal by a UN-led mission.

Despite the prospect of further negotiations, there is no sign of a softening in the autonomists fundamental objections to the draft deal. Grouped under the banner of the Co-ordination des mouvements de l'Azawad (CMA), the main Tuareg autonomist armed factions-including the Mouvement national de libération de l'Azawad and the Haut conseil pour l'unité de l'Azawad-had first spoken positively about the draft accord finalised in the main peace negotiations in the Algerian capital, Algiers, in March.

However, they refused to sign it until they had consulted their grassroots supporters and it soon became clear that much of the CMA's mass support base regarded the proposed deal as inadequate. The plan to create directly elected regional assemblies in the north, with spending and executive powers, and to recognise the concept of Azawad as a "human reality", falls far short of their demand for the recognition of a highly autonomous Azawad region encompassing much or all of northern Mali.

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Country Report Mali

Autonomists refuse to sign peace deal
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