Mali says rebels to initial peace deal, prompting Tuareg denial

April 9, 2015 8:02 PM

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BAMAKO/DAKAR (Reuters) - Mali announced on Thursday that northern rebels would give preliminary approval to a U.N.-brokered peace proposal next week but a northern Tuareg separatist group said it was not ready to back a deal.

Despite mounting pressure from the government and Algerian-led mediators, the Tuareg-led separatist coalition has so far refused to initial the accord, saying it did not grant enough concessions to the desert region they call Azawad.

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