World Bulletin / News Desk
Representatives from northern Mali's main Tuareg rebel groups began arriving in Algeria on Thursday to start consultations for a comprehensive dialogue with the Malian government, a well-informed Algerian source has said.
The source was quoted by Algeria's official news agency as saying that delegates had begun arriving in Algiers to begin consultations amid efforts by the international community to find a lasting settlement to the crisis in northern Mali.
The source said the leaders of northern Mali's main rebel Tuareg movements would take part in the consultations, which, he said, reflected these groups' desire to ease tensions in the region.
He added that this desire was also behind a May 23 ceasefire and the ongoing preparations for comprehensive dialogue.
Turmoil erupted in Mali in 2012 following a failed coup attempt and a Tuareg rebellion that ultimately allowed Al-Qaeda-linked groups to take over half of the country.
Former colonial power France later sent troops to Mali and, with the help of Chadian and other African forces, flushed the rebels from northern Mali's main cities.Last Mod: 06 Haziran 2014, 09:57