UN urges Mali rebel groups to sign peace deal

Malian Foreign Minister Abdoulaye Diop (C) signs a peace agreement as part of mediation talks between the Malian government and some northern armed groups, on March 1, 2015 in the Algerian capital AlgiersThe UN Security Council on Wednesday urged Mali’s Tuareg rebel groups to sign on to a peace deal that it welcomed as an important step towards lasting peace in Mali. “We encourage the armed groups of the Coordination to initial the agreement,” said French Ambassador Francois Delattre, who chairs the 15-member council this month. “We welcome this draft peace agreement as an important step towards achieving a comprehensive and inclusive agreement towards lasting peace in Mali,” said Delattre, on behalf of the council.

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