The National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA), political and military organization of Malian Tuareg, announced Wednesday a cease-fire unilaterally, states a press movement, published on its official website.
“The National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad, following the complete liberation of the territory of Azawad and given the strong demand of the International Community (…) decides unilaterally to proclaim an end to military operations as of Thursday 05 April at midnight GMT, “.
The organization also called on countries in the region and the international community to ensure the people of Azawad against any aggression of Mali.
Wednesday, the Security Council of the UN called on the parties to the conflict in northern Mali to stop the violence.
The Mali is facing an armed confrontation between the authorities of the country and Tuareg tribes fighting for the independence of the Saharan region of Azawad, which covers part of Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Algeria and Libya.
Monday, the rebels have captured the MNLA Malian cities of Timbuktu (center) and Kidal (is). The activists also tried to capture the city of Gao (center), but their attack was repelled by the Malian army.
The Tuareg rebellion has also led the country in a military coup. March 22, the Malian military unhappy with the organization of the crackdown on the uprising, stormed the palace of President Amadou Toumani Toure and most government institutions in the capital, Bamako.
The coup leaders suspended the constitution and dissolved the government. The junta leader, Captain Amadou Sanogo, took the head of the new authorities.