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Mali's Tuareg rebels ready to sign peace deal: source

African Union representative to Mali Pierre Buyoya (L) arrives on June 10, 2013 at the presidential palace in Ouagadougou for the meeting with president Blaise Compaore of Burkina Faso and Touareg rebels and Malian government representative. (AFP PHOTO / AHMED OUOBA)

OUAGADOUGOU: Rebels from Mali's minority Tuareg group are ready to sign a regionally brokered peace deal with the government paving the way for the conflict-torn country to hold elections, a source in their delegation said Tuesday.

"We won't obstruct the process," the source told AFP. "When the time comes, we'll sign no problem," he added in neighbouring Burkina Faso, where a source in the Malian government's delegation earlier said the other side was also ready to sign a deal but wanted some final changes made.

 

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