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Secret talks to end Lesotho military standoff

Members of the Lesotho national are seen next to a South African Police armoured vehicle outside Maseru on October 1, 2014South Africa’s deputy president has held secret talks with a renegade Lesotho military commander, a defence official told AFP on Thursday, as an offer of partial amnesty is floated in the hope of ending a destabilising post-coup standoff. After inking an agreement to secure snap elections in the tiny landlocked kingdom, southern African mediators led by Cyril Ramaphosa are trying to finalise a deal to end a crisis that has left the armed forces with no clear commander. The talks may lead to partial amnesty for the man accused of leading the August 30 putsch, a senior official in Lesotho’s defence ministry said. Lieutenant General Tlali Kamoli is suspected of leading the early morning raid on Prime Minister Tom Thabane’s residence and the national police headquarters, which killed one police officer and injured nine.

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