UN envoys meets al-Qaida-linked rebels from Mali
Associated Press
2012-11-14 05:01 AM
The United Nations envoy in West Africa met with a delegation from Ansar Dine, one of three al-Qaida-linked groups currently controlling the northern half of the nation of Mali.

Said Djinnit, who heads the U.N.'s regional office in West Africa, met Tuesday with the group's representatives who had traveled to Burkina Faso. Burkina's leader Blaise Compaore is trying a last-ditch mediation effort before a military intervention.

Djinnit told reporters that while the priority will be given to dialogue, force will be used against those who refuse to submit to the government.

It's unclear what kind of dialogue is possible with Ansar Dine, which has imposed a brutal form of Islamic law in northern Mali, overseeing the death by stoning of a couple who had had two children out of wedlock.

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