Mali Armed Groups Agree to Restore Calm in Kidal, TeleSahel Says

Niger brokered an agreement between two armed groups in neighboring Mali that have repeatedly clashed over control of the northern Malian town of Kidal, a key ethnic Tuareg stronghold, Niger’s state-owned Tele Sahel reported on Tuesday.

The deal between the Coordination of Azawad Movements and the Platform, an umbrella term for several pro-government militia, was signed on July 17, according to the Niamey-based TV station, citing Niger Prime Minister Brigi Rafini. The two organizations agreed to restore calm to Kidal, man some checkpoints together and accelerate the process of installing an interim authority. Rafini was quoted as saying that the deal will make northern Mali safer.

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