Dlamini-Zuma tackles Mali crisis

The newly appointed AU Commission chair will start talks in Mali’s capital Bamako on Friday.

AUC head Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. Picture: Jacoline Prinsloo/GCIS

PRETORIA - African Union (AU) Commission chair Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma will start talks in Bamako on Friday.

The negotiations are aimed at solving the crisis in Mali.

Earlier in 2012, a coup divided the country with al-Qaeda taking control of the northern two-thirds and imposing Sharia (Islamic) law.

Dlamini-Zuma on Thursday said finding a solution to Mali's agony was important for world peace.

The newly appointed AU head said the Mali was a "country with great history and heritage."

But she added that the crisis has the potential to divide the country.

Dlamini-Zuma said the commission was working hard to prevent that from happening.

She said the AU will help Mali regain territorial integrity and ensure development in the post-conflict period.

Friday's talks will involve the Economic Community of West African States, the United Nations and other stakeholders.