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Darfur rebels sign truce deal with Sudan

Posted by on Feb. 20, 2010 at 5:59 PM
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N'DJAMENA, Chad – Darfur's most powerful rebel group has initialed a truce with the Sudanese government, officials said Saturday, marking the rebel group's return to peace talks aimed at ending the Darfur conflict.

The truce between the rebel Justice and Equality Movement and the Sudanese government takes effect immediately, said Idriss Deby, Chad's president, in a statement.

Justice and Equality Movement spokesman Ahmed Hussein said the deal initialed Saturday was a framework agreement to guide future peace negotiations, including talks on a permanent cease-fire. He said it will be formally signed in Doha, Qatar, on Tuesday in the presence of Deby and the leaders of Sudan and Qatar.

The rebel group has been the most significant holdout in efforts to end the seven-year conflict in Darfur, in which 300,000 people have lost their lives to violence, disease and displacement.

The Justice and Equality Movement will take part in talks in Qatar which aim to reach a final agreement by March 15, Deby's statement said.

Hussein said Saturday's deal was important to the Darfur peace process.

"It's a significant step for peace in Darfur," said Hussein. "It is a considerable achievement for both parties."

In Sudan's capital, Khartoum, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir announced he was pardoning members of the Justice and Equality Movement on death row who had been convicted for taking part in an attack close to Khartoum in May 2008.

Al-Bashir told a campaign rally he had ordered the immediate release of 30 percent of those he had pardoned. According to Sudanese law only the president can pardon someone on death row or commute his or her sentence.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100220/ap_on_re_af/af_sudan_darfur

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tericared
by on Feb. 20, 2010 at 5:59 PM

 This could turn out to be very good news....

Jessymessy
by on Feb. 20, 2010 at 5:59 PM

I was thinking the same thing

Quoting tericared:

 This could turn out to be very good news....


CoeyG
by on Feb. 20, 2010 at 6:22 PM

 Thank you for some real news for a change




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Jessymessy
by on Feb. 20, 2010 at 6:29 PM

That's because tericard is AWESOMEEEE

Quoting CoeyG:

 Thank you for some real news for a change


tericared
by on Feb. 20, 2010 at 6:29 PM

 

Quoting CoeyG:

 Thank you for some real news for a change

 You are welcome..... I wasnt sure about posting this in here. I usually keep my political side for the CE group....Any way, I hope this is a giant step towards the end of the senseless slaughter of an innocent people, the massive raping of women and girls, and the needless arm amputation of young people...

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tericared
by on Feb. 20, 2010 at 7:57 PM

 

Quoting Jessymessy:

That's because tericard is AWESOMEEEE

Quoting CoeyG:

 Thank you for some real news for a change


 Thank you...but no one wants to respond to real unbias news....

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Della529
by on Feb. 20, 2010 at 10:10 PM


Quoting tericared:

 This could turn out to be very good news....

I hope so.

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