Mali rebels to hold talks with government

Factions seeking independent Azawad state head for capital Bamako after holding meetings with UN and French officials.

    Rebel fighters in northern Mali are getting ready for talks with the government in the capital, Bamako. This week, for the first time, they met representatives from the UN and the French military mission in the African country. The rebels have been campaigning for an independent homeland in the north, called Azawad.

    Al Jazeera's Nicole Johnston explains.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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