Mali Mediator Tells Rebels to “Cut Ties”

August 7, 2012

The lead mediator in regional efforts to end unrest in Mali told rebels there that they had to cut ties to “terrorist movements” like al Qaeda before any peace talks could begin, when he traveled to the rebel-held north for the first time on Tuesday. Islamist militant groups control about two-thirds of Mali after hijacking a secular rebellion by Tuareg nationalists earlier this year.

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