Burkina Faso calls upon Mali to open talks with northern rebels

BAMAKO | Sat Nov 24, 2012 1:46pm EST

BAMAKO (Reuters) – Burkina Faso, which is attempting to mediate an end to the crisis in its West African neighbour Mali, on Saturday called upon Malian President Dioncounda Traore to open direct talks with Islamist fighters in control of the country’s north.

Military experts from Africa, the United Nations and Europe have drafted plans to retake control of northern Mali, which fell to rebels in March after a coup in the capital Bamako created a power vacuum.

Mali’s neighbours fear the instability could spill over its borders, and the United States and European countries fear the vast and loosely governed Sahel region may become a new base for terrorist groups http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/24/us-mali-burkina-crisis-idUSBRE8AN0AT20121124?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews

 

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