The head of the rebel alliance, known as the Coordination of Azawad Movements (CMA), said on Friday that his group will sign a final UN-brokered peace agreement in just over two weeks’ time to end fighting in the north of Mali.
“We will sign the peace accord on June 20,” Bilal Ag Cherif said after talks in the Algerian capital, Algiers, to clarify security issues.
The Malian government and several other armed rebel groups signed the so-called “Algiers Accord” last month, but the CMA rejected the deal as falling short of its demands and called for amendments.
The final June peace agreement will take account of CMA demands, such as having the northern part of Mali, know by the Tuareg as “Azawad,” recognized as a “geographic, political and juridical entity.”
The government in Bamako said the CMA would sign a “security accord” in Algiers on Friday preliminary to the final deal.