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Five Darfur rebel factions agree to join Doha process

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March 15, 2009 (KHARTOUM) — Five rebel factions agreed today in the Libyan capital to join Darfur peace talks sponsored by the Qatari government in Doha.

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Representatives of five Darfur rebel groups signing the deal creating the United Resistance Front in Juba on Tuesday 8 April 2008 (ST)

Five rebel groups signed on Sunday an agreement to take part in the Doha peace process with one delegation. The signatories of the common ground deal are: the Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM) – Unity, SLM led by Khamis Abdallah Abakr, the United Resistance Front (URF), the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) Idris Azraq faction, and the SLM- Juba faction.

The Qatari state minister for foreign affairs, Ahmad Bin Abdullah Al Mahmoud, attended the signing of the agreement in Libyan capital, according to the official Qatari News agency (QNA).

The rebel groups who are gathered by the Libyan authorities have committed themselves to participate in the Doha peace talks with one delegation and one position.

Al-Mahmoud expressed his appreciation for the Libyan efforts led by the leader Muammar Gaddafi, Chairman of the African Union, to support Darfur peace process and to reunite some rebel groups.

The Sudanese government and the rebel Justice and Equality Movement signed a goodwill agreement last month in the Qatari capital to engage peace talks within three weeks. Since the two parties reaffirmed their commitment to pursue the process but no date has been fixed for the negotiations.

The SLM led by Abdel Wahid Al-Nur remains opposed to any peace talks unless Khartoum implement a series of steps on the ground before negotiations. Al-Nur says the IDPs should regain their villages, militias to be disarmed and newcomers to be evacuated.

The Qatari government, the joint mediator reaffirmed their commitment to open the Doha process to the other rebel groups who had slammed the Khartoum-JEM goodwill agreement.

JEM asked for separate talks with Khartoum with the consultation of civil society, IDPs and other social forces in forums to be held on the sidelines of the peace negotiations. Khalil Ibrahim, JEM leader, rejects any move to involve the smaller rebel groups, particularly breakaway factions that fought the rebel group or refused to join it.

The Arab League established on September 8, 2008 a six-member committee headed by Qatar, Arab League Secretary General and the African Union (AU) chairman. The Arab organization tasked Qatar with the hosting and the sponsorship of the talks while it reaffirmed the leading role of the AU-UN mediator Djibril Bassolé.

(ST)

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  • 16 March 2009 12:26, by tayeb M. Alhassan

    YES, guys it is time for patriotic values test to save Sudan first then all political rights will be well guarded and reserved.

    Your wise decision to join Doha peace negotiations is highly appreciated and you proved to be Sudan belonging men free of any under table or back door recommendations.

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  • 16 March 2009 15:17, by jeff

    I like Darfur rebels they are good people.They listen to westerners,this is what we want to see,the black muslim have to listen to his master and that way we can be friends.i dare el nur or khalil of JEM to fuck with France and they will all see.Darfur rebels are good muslims and they have to work hand in hand with France and the international community so we can spread Christianity in Darfur.Islam is not a good religion for the black people in Darfur as far as we Western powers are concerned.We want to see the light of christ shine all over Darfur very soon.We will help Darfuri rebels in their fight against this corrupt regimne in Khartoum then we will bring christ to them and give them more money to develope Darfur.let all Darfur rebels follow the peace process because there is limited options for them at the moment.
    Darfuri rebels have to beg Israel for more weapons to topple the corrupt regime even if it means most of this weapons will be used to kill Darfuris themselves.let black kill black.this is how we Europeans will survive by using the divide and rule policy of our foreign affairs.

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    • 16 March 2009 22:48, by Gatjang

      Jeff
      I am from South Sudan and you went off the line. Helping Darfur have nothing to do with religion. I am not a muslim but what I had the most is the government and system in Sudan. Western countries lived with their muslim together. You have tries but not good enough.

      Bashir must surrender himself to ICC

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      • 17 March 2009 05:20, by Dengtaath

        One may deny mr jeff because he is a bit naive when he put his argument based on the religion. But one need to understand that Sudan has never been a free country from its birth up to today, what is it?,Is it because the government doesn’t like his people, or does it mean the religion like slam is bitterly contributing to the marginalisation of the others?
        The reality is this, Arab slamic government in the North doesn’t care with African black man muslim in Darfur leave alone African black christian in the South. Well infact what system will they implement to unite the country? There is nothing at all,I conclude that Arab in the North Sudan are pure Arab minded who don’t give a damn to other non Arab in the country,no matter who they should be, either muslims or christians they deserve to be discriminated from power and economic sharing, these arab are the most dirty and ugly in the face of democracy. I guess Jeff has put it rightly, Darfurian minority need to look beyond their religion for sack of their own survival. If we talk about the west, yes we knew already that the history of colonialism is very ugly but that time was an opportunist time, strongest ones grab from the weakest, that is not the case at this point of time, the west deserve to support Darfurians if they dare to do so, and it is also not that weird for one to change own status for sack of seeking support in order to fight enemy who is interesting to kill your family. Who is better between some one who burn down your home to the level of hash and some one who can only support your development? I partially support jeff in this debate if not all his argument, let Khartoum short the damn up. Is a terrorist regime, bashier with no doubt will face the Hague based criminal court. Let the Darfur rebels demand self determination so let North remain alone.

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