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The head of the African Union Commission rejected on Friday a declaration of
independence by rebels in the north of Mali and called on the rest of the
world to shun their secession bid.
"(AU Commission chair Jean Ping) firmly condemns this announcement,
which is null and of no value whatsoever. He calls on the international
community as a whole to fully support this principled position of Africa," the
continental grouping said in a statement.
Mali's desert Tuaregs proclaimed independence for what they call the state of
Azawad on Friday, a secession bid immediately rejected by neighbouring
Algeria and the former colonial power France.
The nomadic people has nurtured the dream of a Saharan homeland since
Mali's independence in 1960 and has come closer than ever to attaining it by
seizing key northern towns this week while the capital Bamako was
distracted by a coup.
African union rejects Independence of Northern Mali
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Mali’s Tuareg rebels declared independence Friday in the north splitting the
coup-wracked country into two