U.N. sees Mali, rebel peace talks in 'last stage'

February 15, 2015 12:30 PM

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ALGIERS (Reuters) - Peace talks between Mali and Tuareg-led separatist rebels are in the last stage with both sides preparing to work on questions of identity and local authority for the northern region, the United Nations mission chief said in an interview.

A fifth round of negotiations sponsored by Algeria is scheduled to start on Monday in Algiers, seeking to end decades of uprisings by the north over the political status and form of self-rule for the area Tuaregs call Azawad.

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