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Tuaregs Declare Independent State In North

April 06 2012


Tuareg rebels in northern Mali have declared what they call the independent state of Azawad, Reuters reports.

The National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA) released a statement on Friday declaring the new nation after capturing several key towns in the region.

The MNLA recognizes all borders with neighboring states and will create a democratic state based on the principles of the U.N. charter, says the statement.

The nomadic Tuaregs have fought for their own...

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