Negotiations with jihadists turn into game of bluff

The opening of negotiating channels with jihadist groups has become a muddled affair: the jihadists fear their unity will be undermined, the Malian president is sceptical and France is already losing interest. [...]
Published on 18.03.2020 at 03:30 GMT Reading time 3 minutes
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In Focus | Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger
Kabore follows Compaore's example and talks to the Jihadists

Burkinabe president Roch Kabore, who is receiving generous subsidies to help him combat the radical groups operating on his borders, is conducting parallel negotiations with the very Jihadists he is supposed to be fighting. In so doing, he is following the example set by his predecessor, Blaise Compaore, whose entourage never broke contact with the armed Jihadi groups.

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