Mali junta ends 2015 peace deal with separatist rebels

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BAMAKO, Jan 25 (Reuters) – Mali’s junta ended a 2015 peace deal with Tuareg separatist rebels on Thursday in a move that is likely to further destabilise the conflict-torn West African nation.

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In a statement read on state television, the military authorities said it was no longer possible to continue with the agreement due to other signatories not sticking to their commitments and “hostile acts” by chief mediator Algeria.

As a result, it said the so-called Algiers Accord that was brokered by the United Nations is no longer applicable.

The government “announces its (the deal’s) end with immediate effect,” it said.
Tensions between the central authorities and the separatists have resurfaced since the military consolidated power in two coups in 2020 and 2021, teamed up with Russian military contractor Wagner Group, and kicked out French forces and U.N. peacekeepers.

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