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Negotiating groups with the military government asked to negotiate in a neutral country under international mediation.

A coalition of armed groups in northern Mali has pulled out of lengthy peace talks based on the 2015 agreement. the Algerian accord because of what they called a lack of political will on the part of the country’s military government.

The coalition, known as the Permanent Strategic Framework for Peace, Security and Development (CSP-PSD), said in a statement on Thursday that it would only return to the table if talks were held. in a neutral country under international conciliation.

“CSP-PSD regrets the continuing lack of political will by the transition agencies to implement [the peace accord],” it said, adding that it would “suspend participation” in the negotiations.

There was no immediate comment from Malian authorities.

Cycle of violence

The announcement jeopardizes an agreement signed in Algiers more than seven years ago between the West African nation’s civilian government and armed groups to restore peace in the north, after rebels sought to seceded from the capital Bamako in 2012.

The rebels were defeated, but Mali has descended into a spiral of violence, in which local affiliates of al-Qaeda and ISIL (ISIS) have seized control of large areas, killing thousands of people. often.

The agreement seeks to decentralize Mali, integrate former rebels into the armed forces and boost the economy of the north.

Progress has been slow – decentralization has not occurred and continued violence has hampered disarmament efforts and devastated the local economy.

Mali has gone through two military coup since August 2020. France, a former colonial power that has helped contain the militants for a decade, withdrew thousands of troops this year after Mali joined forces with Russian military contractor Wagner Corporation.

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