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Traore to be presented with peace deal

12 June 2013, 18:15

Ouagadougou - The lead mediator in Mali peace talks left the Ouagadougou venue on Wednesday to present a compromise deal to Malian President Dioncounda Traore in Bamako, a member of his delegation said.

Burkinabe Foreign Minister Djibrill Bassole left aboard a UN aircraft for the Malian capital to meet with Traore "to lift the final obstacles" to a deal between the government and northern Tuareg rebels, the source said.

The UN, African Union, EU and French diplomats accompanied Bassole on the journey to the neighbouring west African country, the source said. 

Tuareg rebels who control the key northern town of Kidal had been reluctant to let government troops step in to secure the town for a planned July 28 presidential ballot, but said Tuesday they were prepared to sign a deal after a few amendments were made.

A source close to the government, which also wants to fine-tune the deal, said it could be concluded Wednesday evening or Thursday.



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