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Armed groups want new talks on Mali peace accord

March 17, 2015

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — A coalition of armed groups seeking autonomy for Mali’s north says it wants another round of negotiations to address its concerns with a proposed peace accord.

International mediators and Mali’s government have approved the accord, after months of negotiations.

But the Coordination of Azawad Movements, the coalition of armed groups, which include ethnic Arabs and Tuaregs, says the document isn’t clear enough on power-sharing with the central government and ensuring security.

After meeting with mediators Tuesday, coalition member Alghabass Ag Intalla said new talks should be arranged. He did not say where or when.

In 2012, Tuareg rebel groups seized control of northern Mali, but al-Qaida-linked militants then wrested control. A French-led invasion scattered the militants, and a U.N. force is now trying to stabilize the north.

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