Nation continues to face rebel control of half of country while talks with rebels in Mali are uncertain
Can the government find peace with rebels or is Mali in for more trouble?
Mali rebels vow to respect national unity, reject terror
AFP – Mali government officials met with two armed groups for the first time in a landmark encounter that saw the rebels pledge to respect the country’s territorial integrity and root out “terrorism”. The meeting, hosted in neighbouring Burkina Faso, came amid growing calls to deploy an international African effort.