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Talks open between Malian government, armed groups

Published on 5 December 2012 - 4:35pm
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Delegations from the Malian government and two rebel groups occupying the country's vast desert north held their first talks Tuesday in Burkina Faso to seek an end to the crisis that has split the country.

Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore, west Africa's top mediator for the crisis, brought together a government delegation with representatives of Ansar Dine (Defenders of the Faith), one of the Al-Qaeda-linked Islamist groups occupying the north, and the Azawad National Liberation Movement (MNLA), which is fighting for an independent homeland for the Tuareg people.

© ANP/AFP
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