The UN says Mali's Tuareg-led rebels have moved a step closer to signing a peace agreement, which could end decades of fighting in the north, as they agree to a local ceasefire. Nathan Frandino reports.
After decades of fighting between a Tuareg-led rebel alliance and the government, rebel leaders have agreed to a local ceasefire in the town of Menaka. The agreement comes with more political guarantees for the rebels, who've been demanding some form of self-rule for years. Some local fighters however, are skeptical. They doubt the government's sincerity. (SOUNDBITE) (Tamashek) OPERATIONS CHIEF FOR CO-ORDINATION OF AZAWAD MOVEMENTS, ALADI MUHAMMAD SAYING: "I only see war as the solution because apparently Mali doesn't have anything else to propose to us." The ceasefire is the first step toward a larger U.N.-brokered peace agreement that the U.N. envoy hopes will be signed later this month. Locals see it as a positive sign... that peace may be coming to the frontier in northern Mali.