Mali Signs Peace Deal with Armed Groups

The Malian government has signed a deal with six armed groups to cease hostilities as part of a United Nations, UN-sponsored peace talks aimed at ending the crisis in the country’s north.

The ultimate aim of the deal is to bring peace to northern Mali, which remains unstable despite French and international military intervention against Islamist rebels launched in 2013.

Ramtane Lamamra, Algerian Foreign Minister said the deal, which does not include Al-Qaeda-linked groups, aimed “to create a climate and state of mind on the ground that would help further negotiations leading to a global peace agreement.”

The ceasefire was signed in the presence of Lamamra and Mongi Hamdi, the head of the 9,300-strong UN peace mission in Mali.

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