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Mali local deals may not translate to wider peace

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Significance

The accord includes a stipulation that the army must leave the town of Farabougou, which was been besieged by jihadists in 2020. Local peace deals have proliferated in conflict areas of Mali in recent years.

Impacts

  • The deal’s terms could make the transitional authorities and armed forces look weak and too accommodating.
  • If the army withdraws from Farabougou, peace will have come at the cost of ceding state authority.
  • The deal highlights the gap between France’s counterterrorism-focused approach and the more flexible approaches of Mali and Burkina Faso.
  • Mauritania, which has a heavily militarised border with Mali (including near Farabougou) will pay close attention to developments in Segou.

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