BAMAKO (BBC) - Coup leaders in Mali have agreed to stand down and allow a transition to civilian rule, as part of a deal struck with regional bloc Ecowas. In return, the bloc will lift trade and economic sanctions and grant amnesty to the ruling junta, mediators said. The move came after Tuareg rebels in the north declared independence of an area they call Azawad. The rebels seized the area after a coup two weeks ago plunged the West African nation into political crisis. Under the terms of transition plan, military rulers will cede power to the parliamentary speaker, Diouncounda Traore, who as interim president will oversee a timetable for elections.