Mali government signs ceasefire deal with Tuareg rebels

by Reuters
Tuesday, 18 June 2013 17:00 GMT

Women attend a protest urging Mali and France to retake the Kidal region of far northern Mali, in Gao May 30, 2013. The Kidal region is the last region still not under Malian control, occupied by former Islamist and Tuareg rebel groups alongside France. REUTERS/Stringer

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OUAGADOUGOU, June 18 (Reuters) - The Malian government signed a ceasefire deal with Tuareg separatist rebels on Tuesday, paving the way for government troops and civilian administrators to return to the northern, rebel-held town of Kidal before an election next month.

The agreement was reached after nearly two weeks of talks mediated by regional powers, the United Nations and the European Union in neighbouring Burkina Faso's capital Ouagadougou.

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