Saturday, 9 June 2012

Tribal autonomy is solution in Azawad

No pun intended, but the shotgun wedding of the MNLA and Ansar Dine seems to be off again. It is interesting to note that the two factions reportedly consist of different Tuareg clans - so, not to sound frivolous, it's a bit like the Geordies and Scousers falling out with the Brummies and Wessex boys in England. Clearly those of us who recognise the right of all peoples to self-determination all want to see the establishment of a new sovereign state in Azawad. But there needs to be talks - a federal solution based on a decentralised tribal-political order. And not just for the majority Tuaregs and their sub-groups, but for all the minority groups. National Anarchists want to see maximum tribal autonomy, and maybe, just maybe, we will start seeing this process in Azawad. We should continue to watch closely.