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Mali rebels agree to put members in barracks

21 February 2014, 12:42

Bamako - Rebel groups in Mali's north have agreed on a preliminary plan to confine their members to barracks.

Armed groups and the government have signed an initial plan, during the UN-led talks in Bamako, to create nearly 40 barracks around Timbuktu, Gao and Kidal.

The Associated Press on Wednesday saw a copy of the document.

Ambeiri Ag Rhissa of the Tuareg National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad said this was the beginning of a solution.

The UN said it would continue to lead talks.

Tuareg rebels launched a rebellion in 2012 that led to a military coup, allowing them to take control of the north. However, al-Qaeda-linked Islamic extremists later took over much of the north, prompting France to launch a military intervention in early 2013.

Attacks continue in north Mali.

- AP


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