France: Mali Fighting Over, Time for Talks
Mali interim prez refuses to talk to Islamic militants, only secular groups
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 31, 2013 9:41 AM CST
Map shows developments in Mali   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – With French forces retaking the last city held by rebels, Paris is now looking for the Mali government and "legitimate representatives" from rebel groups to talk, reports al-Jazeera. "We have arrived at a moment of change," says France's defense minister, declaring that "the French intervention has succeeded." Now, says a spokesman for the French foreign ministry, "only a north-south dialogue will prepare the ground for the Malian state to return to the north of the country."

Standing in the way of that? Dioncounda Traore, Mali's interim president, insists that he'll only talk with secular groups, such as the Tuaregs of the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad. He said he would not meet with the three al-Qaeda-linked groups involved in uprisings, including Ansar Dine and the Islamic Movement of Azawad; the leader of the latter, which was recently formed, says that he's in negotiations with France.

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williambaranowski
Feb 1, 2013 2:17 AM CST
Hon y soit qui mali pense. Psst, Frencies, no linear fortifications, ok, the baddies just walk around them.
Joe_American
Jan 31, 2013 3:38 PM CST
Freedom isn't free. Thank almighty God for the French military. The Al-Qaeda terrorists are evil. The secular government and France should arrest all the terrorist leaders and have them tell their soldiers to abandon terrorist activities. The world must intervene in Mali. Thank God the brave soldiers of France won. Thank God the Libyans overthrew the evil Momar Qaddafi. Qaddafi was a nut. Good riddens to bad rubbish. The world is changing. There are winds of change. And the winds of change are bringing freedom to Asian and African nations who are in bad shape.
reallybig
Jan 31, 2013 12:36 PM CST
TRUTH BE TOLD ...... The French with their "French Foreign Legion" want to get their asses out before the 'real' war begins. --- The French told the Al-Qaeda fighters they were coming in advance, so Al-Qaeda could pull out and they and the French wouldn't lose any men. --- NOW France has 2500 troops in a country twice the size of France, and there ain't no way in hell France can defend what they captured for long. TRUTH BE TOLD ..... The French intervened in Mali because the European countries had to protect the stealing of the Libyan oil and gas. -- WHAT? -- NATO only attacked and assassinated Qaddafi and his sons, because Qaddafi was going to Nationalize the Western oil companies. -- WHAT? -- Europe using NATO .. installed the Libyan leaders who now help the Europeans steal the Libyan oil and gas. -- The CIA and European spy agencies are assassinating any Libyan opposing their puppet installed leaders. Al-Qaeda in Mali would prevent the European theft of the Libyan peoples oil and gas. --- Without Libyan oil and gas, Europe is helpless and will soon become beggar states. --- Europe like Japan has very few natural resources, and if they can't take other countries natural resources like in the old colonial times, they will lose their competitiveness to the other countries. --- The Europeans will fight and kill, to stop anyone, from them stealing the Libyan oil and gas. ------------- REALLY