Armed groups in Mali open talks after fighting recently in Kidal

Talks between armed groups that signed the Mali Peace and Reconciliation Agreement began last Friday in Bamako, after the groups recently clashed in Kidal, northern Mali, an official source said over the weekend.


The statement said the meeting was organized by a senior adviser to the Malian president on implementation of the Mali peace agreement, and it was held in the presence of members of the international mediation team as well as representatives of the Coordination of Azawad Movements (CMA) and the Platform (a group of self-defense militia).

The latest fighting broke out last Tuesday near Kidal between CMA and a self-defense militia allied to the Platform.

“The talks are essentially aimed at ending the fighting and restoring dialogue between the two parties in order to create the necessary trust to resolve all pending issues,” the statement said.

All parties expressed their willingness to engage in frank and fruitful discussions to achieve objectives of the meeting, the statement added.

The international community gave assurances of its support to the ongoing efforts, the statement concluded, while also announcing the continuation of talks to achieve the desired goals.

Last week, the Malian government issued a statement condemning the fresh fighting that resulted in loss of human lives. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/News Ghana


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