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Neighbors Prepare to Restore Order in Mali

Posted April 6th, 2012 at 5:45 pm (UTC-5)
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The 15-state West African bloc ECOWAS says it is preparing a force of up to 3,000 soldiers which could be deployed in Mali with the aim of securing a return to constitutional order and halting any further rebel advance. The bloc had imposed harsh sanctions on military coup leaders to force them to restore a […]

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Countries Dismiss Mali Rebel Claims of Independent Nation

Posted April 6th, 2012 at 2:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Tuareg rebels in northern Mali proclaimed independence on Friday, and asked for international recognition of their so-called “Azawad” nation. The African Union quickly rejected the rebels’ declaration, dismissing it as “null and of no value whatsoever.” The president of neighboring Niger also rejected the proclamation. In an interview Friday with VOA , Mahamadou Issoufou said, […]

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France, AU Dismiss Mali Rebel Claims of Independent Nation

Posted April 6th, 2012 at 7:45 am (UTC-5)
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Tuareg rebels in northern Mali proclaimed independence on Friday, and asked for international recognition of their so-called “Azawad” nation. The African Union quickly rejected the rebels’ declaration, dismissing it as “null and of no value whatsoever.” Former colonial power France also rejected the rebels’ move. French Defense Minister Gerard Longuet said a unilateral declaration of […]

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France Dismisses Mali Rebel Claims of an Independent Nation

Posted April 6th, 2012 at 5:45 am (UTC-5)
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Tuareg rebels in northern Mali proclaimed independence on Friday, and asked for international recognition of their so-called “Azawad” nation. France, the former territorial colonial power, quickly responded by dismissing the rebels’ declaration. French Defense Minister Gerard Longuet said a unilateral declaration of independence that is not recognized by African countries has no meaning. In a […]

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Tuareg Rebels Proclaim Independence in Northern Mali

Posted April 6th, 2012 at 12:55 am (UTC-5)
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Tuareg rebels in northern Mali proclaimed independence on Friday, and asked for international recognition of their so-called “Azawad” nation. In statement on their website, the rebels of The National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad, or MNLA, said they would respect the borders with others states. The MNLA declared a cease-fire on Thursday, saying it […]

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Mali Parties Reject Junta’s Call for Convention

Posted April 4th, 2012 at 10:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Mali’s main political parties have rejected a call by military junta leaders for a “national convention” to sort out the country’s political and security problems. The FDR coalition of 50 political parties and civil society groups released a statement Wednesday, saying such a convention is not compatible with a return to constitutional order. Junta leader […]

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Mali Parties Reject Junta’s Call for Convention

Posted April 4th, 2012 at 11:40 am (UTC-5)
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Mali’s main political parties have rejected a call by military junta leaders for a “national convention” to sort out the country’s political and security problems. The FDR coalition of 50 political parties and civil society groups released a statement Wednesday, saying such a convention is not compatible with a return to constitutional order. Junta leader […]

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Mali Coup Leader Wants National Dialogue

Posted April 4th, 2012 at 2:35 am (UTC-5)
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The leader of Mali’s military coup has called for a “national convention” Thursday, while a prominent politician called for a six-month transitional government to unite the country before organizing elections. Junta leader Captain Amadou Sanogo said the meeting of political and society representatives should bring a consensus on how to deal with Mali’s challenges. “The […]

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US Concerned About Mali Crisis; Urges Rebels to Halt Offensive

Posted April 4th, 2012 at 12:05 am (UTC-5)
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The United States has expressed “deep concern” about the political crisis in Mali, while urging rebels in the north to “cease military operations” that it says are compromising the country’s territorial integrity. In a statement Tuesday, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said Mali’s political institutions will be further weakened if soldiers who launched a successful […]

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US Calls on Mali Rebels to Cease Offensive

Posted April 3rd, 2012 at 2:25 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States is urging rebels in northern Mali to “cease military operations” that it says are compromising the country’s territorial integrity. In a statement Tuesday, U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland also urged “all parties” in the north to ensure the safety and security of people in the region. Since launching a new rebellion […]

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