The Tuareg People’s Right to Self-Determination
Moussa Ag Assarid
National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA)
Moussa Ag Assarid is the European representative of the National Movement of the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA). The MNLA declared the independence of the state of Azawad on April 6, 2012, after an armed rebellion which lasted several months. This as yet unrecognized state comprises about 60% of Mali and is meant to provide a homeland to the Tuareg people, who live in an area of the Sahara comprising parts of Libya, Niger, Algeria, Mali and Mauritania. Assarid spoke of the conflicts in the region, his attempts to engage in international diplomatic exchanges on behalf of the MNLA and the lobby that has been initiated to label the MNLA as a “terrorist” organization.
The New World Summit: Berlin took place at the Sophiensaele, Berlin, Germany from 4-5 May 2012.