Mali peace talks open in Algiers

(AGI) Rome, July 16 - A first round of talks opened onWednesday in Algiers between the government of Mali and themain armed groups, who are still in a strong position in thenorth of the country. "We can see a light at the end of thetunnel," Algerian Foreign Minister, Ramtane Lamamara, toldMISNA news agency. The minister has been mediating between thewarring parties since January 2012. Talks were brought forwardon Tuesday in a gesture of confidence that augurs well for theprogress of the negotiations. The Malian government and armedgroups have swapped prisoners. .

(AGI) Rome, July 16 - A first round of talks opened onWednesday in Algiers between the government of Mali and themain armed groups, who are still in a strong position in thenorth of the country. "We can see a light at the end of thetunnel," Algerian Foreign Minister, Ramtane Lamamara, toldMISNA news agency. The minister has been mediating between thewarring parties since January 2012. Talks were brought forwardon Tuesday in a gesture of confidence that augurs well for theprogress of the negotiations. The Malian government and armedgroups have swapped prisoners. . .