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Mali armed groups sign peace deal


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Former Tuareg rebels in northern Mali and rival pro-government armed groups said they sealed a peace deal on Thursday to end hostilities after days of talks.

Mali was hit by violence between the two sides in August and September despite a peace deal signed earlier this year.

But jihadist armed groups still represent the main threat in the region, carrying out regular attacks and laying mines.

Officials from the Tuareg-led Coordination of Movements of Azawad (CMA) and the Platform, a coalition of pro-government groups, told AFP they reached agreement on a "pact of honour" after nearly three weeks of talks in Anefis, 100km southwest of the regional capital Kidal.

"We have held direct negotiations between us. We finished the meeting this evening [Thursday], everyone has made peace, starting with us, the Platform and the CMA," said Kidal member of parliament Ahmoudene Ag Iknass, a Platform supporter.

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