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African Union chief Abdel Aziz arrives in rebel-held Mali town

  • African Union President and Mauritania President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz (L) and Mali President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita (R) attend a press conference after a meeting in Bamako on May 22, 2014, concerning the ongoing unrest in Mali. AFP PHOTO / HABIB KOUYATE

BAMAKO: African Union president Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz arrived Friday in the northern Malian rebel bastion of Kidal for urgent talks with Tuareg separatists who occupied the town in a humiliating defeat for the army.

Abdel Aziz, the leader of neighbouring Mauritania, "has just arrived in Kidal in the context of finding a solution to the crisis", a diplomatic source told AFP, adding that he was accompanied by Bert Koenders, the head of MINUSMA, the UN mission in Mali.

 
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