Mali, Tuareg-led rebels agree to cease hostilities for peace talks

February 19, 2015 6:41 PM

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Mali, Tuareg-led rebels agree to cease hostilities for peace talks

ALGIERS (Reuters) - Mali's government and an alliance of Tuareg-led northern rebels agreed to cease hostilities on Thursday to ease tensions during U.N.-sponsored peace negotiations aimed at ending decades of uprisings.

The talks hosted by Algiers, the fifth round of recent negotiations, must now turn to the tricky questions over identity, a form of limited self-rule and more rights for the northern desert region the rebels call Azawad.

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