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Jean-Pierre Elong Mbassi, secretary-general of the ''Local United... News PhotoCasualty,Dakar,Event,Horizontal,Politics,Secretary-General,SenegalPhotographer Collection: AFP 2012 AFPJean-Pierre Elong Mbassi, secretary-general of the ''Local United African Cities and Governments'' (CGLUA) speaks during an interview as local representatives gathered during the sixth edition of Africities, on December 8, 2012 in Dakar. Local authorities called for a dialogue with Islamist armed groups in Northern Mali to avoid ''casualties'', according to the organizers of the event. AFP PHOTO/SEYLLOU (Photo credit should read SEYLLOU/AFP/Getty Images)