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Darfur Rebels Announce Truce with Sudanese Government

The Sudanese government and the main Darfur rebel group, the Justice and Equality Movement, announced a truce. Although the deal isn’t final, both sides hope that this will help resolve conflict that has plagued the region. Topics to be included in the peace deal include compensation for Darfuris, access for aid groups, and further discussions on power and wealth sharing. The government has also agreed to cancel death sentences of 30 percent of the rebel group and to free them immediately. Still, the rebel leaders are proceeding with caution, as various other cease-fire agreements have broken down in the past. According to a rebel spokesman, “we will not play their game if they are only interested in buying time, in tactics, in just signing papers to make it easier for them in the elections.”

Read more at The New York Times


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