Mali government reaches deal with Tuareg rebels- negotiator

by Reuters
Tuesday, 18 June 2013 10:59 GMT

OUAGADOUGOU, June 18 (Reuters) - Mali has reached a deal with Tuareg separatist rebels that could pave the way for Malian government troops to return to the rebel-held northern town of Kidal ahead of planned elections in July, Mali's chief negotiator said on Tuesday.

"The accord is ready to be signed," Tiebile Drame told Reuters in the Burkina Faso capital Ouagadougou where the talks have been taking place for over a week. "I can tell you that the interim accord will be signed this afternoon." (Reporting by Mathieu Bonkoungou; Writing by Bate Felix)

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