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Ansar Dine Allows for Humanitarian Aid Intervention

The Ansar Dine Islamist group in Mali has agreed to allow aid into the desert reason it has held control over since January, according to the BBC.  As one of three rebel groups in Mali, Ansar Dine has also expressed its desire for other groups to enter into peace talks.  This could help end the military-incited chaos that began as a rebellion in the beginning of 2012, and would hopefully lead the way for other rebel groups to promise a commitment to peace and to ceasefire as well.  I speculate that Ansar Dine might try to take political advantage of being the first of the three rebel groups to attempt to cooperate with the international community, and allow the planned 3,000 troops to enter Mali in the northern region which they currently control.  Regardless of its motivation, however, this will almost certainly help end violence and be a catalyst for justice.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-20219555

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One response to “Ansar Dine Allows for Humanitarian Aid Intervention

  1. jaronsohn November 7, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    Important to note (though not mentioned in the article) is that Mali has already urged the ICC to step in. This referral came just a few months ago, after years of killings, rape, and torture. I disagree with the assertion that peace here is going to work as a catalyst for justice, it seems to be working the other way. It seems more likely that the threat of ICC involvement is what is making peace agreements seem more attractive for both parties. If the situation in Mali dies down in the coming year, it would be rather easy to argue this is a success of the ICC (namely, the power it has to discourage war crimes in the future.)

    This begs the question: how do you prove what prompted peace talks? If the ICC ends up bringing prosecutions in the future could it ask? Or would that be a rather silly and unreliable effort to justify itself.

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