UN Fears Mali Clashes Could Hurt Peace Process

UN fears Mali clashes could hurt peace process

BAMAKO, (Pakistan Point News - APP -21st Sept,2016) - The UN voiced concerns over Mali's shaky peace deal Wednesday following deadly clashes between groups that have signed up to the agreement. The clashes last week -- between pro-government group GATIA (the Imghad and Allies Tuareg Self-Defence Group) and ex-rebels from the Coordination of Azawad Movements (CMA) -- left around a dozen fighters dead around the flashpoint northeastern town of Kidal. "These clashes, as well as constituting repeated violations of ceasefire accords, threaten the progress achieved up until now in the implementation of the peace agreement," the UN's mission in Mali, known by the acronym MINUSMA, said in a statement.