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Darfur Rebels Agree to a Ceasefire

The Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), one of Sudan’s rebel groups, signed an agreement with Sudan’s government for a temporary ceasefire.  Both government and rebels desire peace in the future of Sudan.  The Sudanese President Omar al-Beshir hopes this will be the first step to ending seven years of conflict, where the UN estimates 300,000 fatalities and 2.7 million refugees.  He also announced that he would cancel all the death sentences against JEM rebels as well as release 30 percent of prisoners. Unfortunately, other rebel groups such as the Sudan Liberation Army (SLA), have refused to join the negotiations.

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