MNLA to resume peace talks with Mali

NEWS IN BRIEF. Tuareg-majority guerrilla wants to “create a reciprocal climate of trust”

After having met with Burkina Faso president Blaise Compaoré, the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA, French acronym) has announced that it is resuming peace talks with Mali. According to AFP, Ibrahim Ag Mohamed Assaleh (MNLA person in charge for external relations) has said that his movement wants to "create a reciprocal climate of trust" with the Malian Government.

MNLA had announced two weeks ago that it was "suspending" its participation in the peace talks. The Tuareg-majority guerrilla then said that Bamako was not working towards a solution for the conflict. MNLA wants self-government for Northern Mali, a region the guerrilla calls Azawad. The Malian Government rejects it and offers instead mild decentralization.