And waving our red weapons o'er our heads
Let's all cry 'Peace, Freedom, Liberty!'
Shakespeare - Julius Caesar
Considering their opposing interests, I doubt that Ansar Dine can make and hold a real agreement with African capitals or the MNLA. This is a smokescreen for the Islamist coalition after the UN approved a resolution for Mali, and such a deal has already broken down once before. Nothing has changed except, perhaps, the MNLA ceding authority to the Islamists, and that won't work for the UN.
Unfortunately I believe that this is bigger than a few making some kind of temporary peace.Libya is connected to the Mali problem.Outside forces thrive on chaos.Mali might be used as their entry ticket into the rest of Africa.France was/is itching to enter Mali.Kenya is blowing up again.Congo is at a tipping point.Nigeria can explode at a moments notice. Africa will be a choke point for 2013 - -
No question that Mali is about more than Mali.
Yes. As all the theatres are. Hollande has focused on Mali because he thinks he sees a soft target. One which also gets him much needed points with the White House.