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Mali peace deal to be signed Sunday in Algiers: ministry

Algerian FM Ramtane Lamamra (R) signs documents overseeing a peace agreement between the Malian government and armed groups, February 19, 2015 in AlgiersMali’s government and six militant groups from the country’s violence-strewn north are to sign a peace accord in Algiers on Sunday, the Algerian foreign ministry announced. “The Malian parties will sign a peace accord on Sunday morning under the auspices of Algeria” at a ceremony in the capital, a ministry source said on Saturday. Algeria and the United Nations have led mediation talks in Algiers since last July between ministers and six armed rebel groups amid an uptick in violence that threatened to jeopardise the peace process. Militants linked to Al-Qaeda seized control of northern Mali for more than nine months until a French-led military intervention of 2013 that partly drove them from the region.

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