Sunday, February 22, 2009

Sudan / Darfur

Sudan, Darfur rebels agree to hold peace talks

Reuters — Sudan's government and a leading Darfur rebel faction agreed on Tuesday to meet for peace talks, signing a deal with concessions from both sides, and the Qatari mediator urged all other rebels and Chad to come to the table.
Tuesday's agreement included measures to aid and protect refugees in Darfur and a commitment by the two sides to continue negotiations in Doha. The Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) also wants a prisoner swap.
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Clooney: Arrest of Sudan's leader would be a start

MSNBC - AP -- Actor George Clooney said a possible arrest warrant against Sudan's president on charges of war crimes in Darfur would be a "start," but would not resolve the six-year conflict in the country.
Clooney, a Darfur activist who has visited the region several times, said the pending International Criminal Court decision on whether to issue a warrant for President Omar al-Bashir presents an opportunity to engage the ruler in negotiations to help end the crisis.
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Sudan army denies Darfur attack

BBC -- Sudan's military has denied accusations that it attacked a Darfur rebel group, a day after the two sides signed a goodwill agreement.
The Justice and Equality Movement (Jem), Sudan's most active rebel group, said the military launched air raids that left a number of casualties.
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