NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania (AP) — A negotiator says two rivaling rebel factions from northern Mali have reached an agreement following talks in neighboring Mauritania.
The reconciliation agreement announced late Friday is between secular Tuareg rebels and Arab militants who both operate in the same part of northern Mali they call Azawad.
The National Movement for the Liberation of the Azawad, the High Unity Council of the Azawad and the Arab Movement of the Azawad all said they had "decided to open a new page in the history of Azawad based on tolerance."
Secular Tuareg rebels launched a rebellion in northern Mali last year that gave way to a coup and Islamic insurgency, and ultimately a French-led military operation.
In April, clashes broke out between Tuaregs and Arabs in the northern town of Ber.
Created: Fri, 09 Aug 2013 06:14:48 EST
Updated: Fri, 09 Aug 2013 06:14:48 EST