The Malian Minister of Reconciliation, Peace, and National Cohesion and the leader of the delegation from the Coordination of Movements of Azawad, Bamako, August 2022.

Northern Mali: Return to Dialogue

In northern Mali, fighting has resumed between armed groups signatory to the 2015 peace agreement and government forces, even as clashes with jihadists continue. Bamako's initiative for an inter-Malian dialogue constitutes an opportunity to restore calm.

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