Conflict in Mali

Today in Mali, there is a conflict between Islamic Rebels in the North of Mali, who want to declare an independence state from the main government. The United Nations met with the government of Mali and the representitives for the rebels to negotiate a peace deal and a cease fire agreement. This agreement which took months to negotiate was suppose to be signed by May 15. It is now in danger of failing because the main rebel group (Coordination for the Movement of Azawad) are refusing to sign it. They are refusing to sign this peace aggreement because the rebels want more autonomy and political recognition for the North of Mali. Mali has about 15 million citizens and the north of Mali is 10 percent of that. As a result of all these conflict the president had to resign in 2012, and a new president was elected.

The Current Unrest in Mali

The main opponents are the Tuareg-jihadlist and Islamist militants.

One of the main countries that was involved in this conflict was France. France was involved because the Mali government requested their help. As of today the United Nations is extremely involved, they have over 10,000 troops keeping peace. Algeria,  which boarder the Northern part of Mali, is very concerned with all the current turmoil.

The Tuareg rebels are attacking villages all throughout Mali, they impose version of Islamic Law and commit abuses to villagers.

Tuareg rebels wanted the Northern part of Mali to be an independent Islamic state, this was the main cause of the conflict.

The United Nations has 10,000 peace keepers stationed through out Mali. I believe that the Mali government is doing everything they can to prevent war, which is the right thing to do.

Work Cited

Nossiter, Adam. "Attacks on U.N. Force Add to Unrest in Mali." The New York Times. The New York Times, 30 Apr. 2015. Web. 04 May 2015.

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