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By Kaci Racelma (Algiers, Algeria)

4/28/2014 (10 months ago)

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Tuareg clans prove to major sticking point

Inclusive dialogue in Mali, in which Algeria can play an important role is earmarked is scheduled to begin in the days to come. The Tuareg situation remains a sticking point. Both the Malian and the Tuareg parties have reached an agreement in Ouagadougou to improve the socioeconomic conditions of Tuareg youths in need of development.

Tuareg youth are frustrated by a lack of opportunity in Mali, making them prime candidates for jihadist organizations.

Tuareg youth are frustrated by a lack of opportunity in Mali, making them prime candidates for jihadist organizations.

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By Kaci Racelma (Algiers, Algeria)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

4/28/2014 (10 months ago)

Published in Africa

Keywords: Mali, dialogue, Tuaregs, clans


ALGIERS, ALGERIA (Catholic Online) - Lack of opportunity for local youths here remain an ongoing problem. Unemployed youth prove to be prime recruiting material for jihadist groups.

The conflict between the Tuaregs of Northern Mali and the national government is not new. The Malian government has never fulfilled its promises and has plunged the youth here into despair.

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Past meetings between both sides have been used to stress the importance of transparency and goodwill in Inter-Malian dialogue. There is a movement toward national reconciliation between all Malians. The final restoration of peace and lasting stability in the country is foremost in all hearts and minds here.

One Tuareg political analyst, speaking on the condition of anonymity, despairs that "none of these is materialized in the ground." 

Tuaregs hold the Malian government accountable for the lack of political will that is contributing to the current stalemate. Nothing is seemingly kept from previous negotiation processes; development plans for northern Mali and an evaluation of the implementation of the 18 June 2013 Ouagadougou Preliminary Agreement has not been properly addressed.

Grave violations against children have been committed by parties to the conflict. They include al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), the Movement of Uniqueness of Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO), Ansar Dine and Malian soldiers. This stalemate has challenged both parties to seek solutions.

The progressive withdrawal of French forces, launched by French army to dislodge the Islamist attackers in the southern part of the country has left a noticeable political and societal vacuum in this part of the country.

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