Leaders from the MNLA, Ansar Dine and the Malian government chat in Ouagadougou, where they met for negotiations.
Nine months after Tuareg and Islamists rebels took over northern Mali, the president of neighbouring Burkina Faso, Blaise Compaoré, welcomed representatives from Ansar Dine
, from the MNLA
and from Mali’s transitional government to his nation’s capital. The goal was to try to start talks to resolve the crisis. On Tuesday, they agreed to "cease hostilities" – though there is not currently any fighting – and pledged to continue negotiations. Our Observer explains that the cultural proximity between the Tuareg separatists of the MNLA (National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad) and the Islamists of Ansar Dine will be a key factor for brokering a new peace in the north. Read more...