Mali's main coalition of Tuareg separatist rebels has signed a peace agreement with the government more than a month after other armed groups did so.

The deal took place Saturday evening in Mali's capital Bamako after a delay of several hours to give participants time to arrive.

An Associated Press reporter was in the hall when the agreement was signed by the Coordination of Azawad Movements, known by the French acronym CMA.

For decades, the Tuareg rebellion in Mali's far north has been a source of conflict with the government.

A 2012 uprising was blamed for prompting mutinous soldiers to overthrow the president of a decade, creating a power vacuum that ultimately lead to an Islamic insurgency and a French-led war against the jihadis.