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Algeria to Mediate Talks Between Mali Government, Tuareg Rebels

Algerian mediators will host talks in Algiers between the Malian government and Tuareg rebel leaders.

Word of the talks came Tuesday from both rebels and Mali government officials.

A Tuareg rebel spokesman, Eglasse Ag Idar, told Reuter news agency that his group asked for the Algerian mediators and requested at least one week to prepare for the talks.

Algeria played a key role in negotiating an end to a Tuareg rebellion in Mali's north in 1992.

Tensions have been high in Mali since a group of Tuaregs attacked a northern town, Kidal, and army camps last month, stealing weapons as they fled.

Tuareg rebels have long accused the Malian government of neglecting their region.

Some information for this report was provided by Reuters.