Tuareg groups merger in Northern Mali.
Africa Security News.- With weapons from Lybia, a Tuareg uprising in northern Mali last year plunged the country into chaos.Tuaregs wants to be independent, starting Republic of Azawad. Photo Credit Reuters
The three main insurgent groups in northern Mali have agreed to merge, creating a united front in an ongoing peace process with the government.
The groups that merged on Monday were the High Council for the Unity of Azawad (HCUA) , the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA), and the Arab Movement of Azawad (MAA).
The merger will take effect in one and half month, they said.
According to a peace deal signed with the government in Burkina Faso in June, the three groups said they would disarm.
Still, Mali remains unstable, specially Northern Mali.
This country has produced four rebellions since independence from France in 1960. The Tuareg people say successive governments in the capital of Mali have excluded them from power.