Mali: Civil war or peace negotiations?

Mali: Civil war or peace negotiations?

Bamako : Mali | Apr 12, 2012 at 6:07 PM PDT
Views: Pending
Timbuktu video

Mali is a mess. Over 200,000 people have fled the north to escape fighting, drought and food shortages. The Tuaraeg rebels have declared northern Mali as an independent republic of Azawad. But no countries have recognised Azawad.

Even within the area there are rival rebels. Timbuktu is held by a radical Islamist groups who came down from the mountains where they had fought for years. They are keeping Tuareg rebels out of the city while they impose their own rule. See the enclosed video.

The elected president of Mali was overthrown in a coup by U.S. trained Captain Sanogo. However a group of neighbouring countries ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States) placed sanctions on the country and no doubt with pressure from the U.S. as well Sanogo agreed to turn over power to a civilian government.

Elected president Amadou Toure was toppled by Sanogo's group on March 22. He formally resigned his position over the weekend, paving the way for the former speaker of the house Diaconda Traore to take over. No one seems to worry about the fact that the former president has no doubt been forced to resign since he was under "'protection"" of coup forces. There is almost no discussion of the fact that a democratically elected leader was overthrown and the perpetrators are not punished at all. In fact one suspects that they probably received promises of key positions during the transition government. That is not talked about much either.

Traore the new transitional president spoke of wanting peace and negotiations and then went on to promise total war if negotiations did not work out. He said:"I am president of a country that loves peace,"

After claiming he preferred the peace option he then made impossible demands upon the rebels:"We will not hesitate to wage a total and relentless war" He insists that this will happen unless the rebels leave the cities occupied. He says that he would negotiate with any group but Al Qaeda. However Al Qaeda is almost a term of convenience for any radical Islamists that authorities decide ought to be targets in the war on terror.

The transitional government is expected to consist of about 20 members including some from the Sanogo group. No doubt this was promised as a carrot to entice the group to surrender power at least nominally.

Traore has been tasked with organizing elections to return Mali fully to civilian rule. However the north is under the control of Tuareg and Islamist rebels so elections could only be held in the south. No doubt elections will be postponed indefinitely until such time as the northern territories are recaptured assuming they are.

As Traore places solving the situation in the north as a priority he will no doubt need the support of the military. The U.S. already has troops in the country on standby. Do not be surprised if drone attacks happen in the future. Everything however is now going as it should according to the power brokers. ECOWAS has dropped sanctions and the U.S. can support the regime since it is on its way to civilian rule. Everything is now legitimate and on the up and up. For more see this article.

1 of 31
Interview with Islamist group in Timbuktu
northsunm32 is based in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
Report Credibility
  • Clear
  • Share:
  • Share
  • Clear
  • Clear
  • Clear
  • Clear

News Stories

  • Mali New President Sworn In, Threatens ‘Total War'

      Epoch Times
    April 12, 2012 Dioncounda Traore (C), the new interim leader stands before the independance monument in Bamako following his swearing in ceremony in Bamako on April 12, 2012. (Habibou Kouyate/AFP/Getty Images) Mali's new interim president on Thursday...
  • Mali Swears In Interim President

      International Herald Tribune
    Twenty-two days after a military coup ended more than two decades of peaceful democratic rule in Mali , the leader of the country's national assembly was sworn in as interim president on Thursday. The official, Dioncounda Traore, a 70-year-old labor...
  • New Mali leader sworn in, threatens rebels

      The Courier-Mail
    S new interim leader has threatened to wage total war on Tuareg rebels and Islamists controlling the north of the country as he took the oath of office, ending a brief period of military rule. Dioncounda Traore, the former parliament speaker, was...
  • Mali new leader sworn in, threatens rebels with ‘total war’ &#...

      Kuwait Times
    Mali's new interim leader threatened to wage total war on Tuareg rebels and Islamists controlling the north of the country as he took the oath of office yesterday, ending a brief period of military rule. Dioncounda Traore, the former parliament...
  • Mali's interim leader sworn in

      The Herald
    Mali Mali's new interim civilian president took office Thursday, vowing to keep the chaotic country intact even after rebels declared an independent state in the north following a military coup three weeks ago. Dioncounda Traore, who heads the...
  • Mali's Traore Sworn In as Acting President

      Newyork Times
    Mali's Dioncounda Traore was sworn in as interim president of his West African country on Thursday after leaders of a March 22 coup agreed to hand back power to civilians. Traore, previously the speaker of the national parliament, was sworn in by...





More From Allvoices

Report Your News Got a similar story?
Add it to the network!

Or add related content to this report

Most Commented Reports

Use of this site is governed by our Terms of Use Agreement and Privacy Policy.

© Allvoices, Inc. 2008-2014. All rights reserved. Powered by PulsePoint.