AU Commission welcomes peace move in Sudan's Darfur

Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- African Union Commission Chairperson Alpha Oumar Konare has welcomed the signing of a ceasefire agreement on the strife-torn Darfur Region of Sudan and encouragedn the parties to reach a comprehensive peace pact.
The ceasefire agreement was signed Thursday in N'djamena, Chad, between the Government of Sudan on the one hand, and Sudan Liberation Army (SLA) and Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), on the other.
Konare commended the signatory parties for showing "political will, flexibility and spirit of compromise".
He also congratulated Chadian President Idriss Deby for devoting time and resources to ensure the successful conclusion of the negotiations for the humanitarian cease-fire agreement.
Elements under the control of government, SLA and JEM should comply with the terms of the agreement, Konare emphasised.
He urged the international community to quickly provide humanitarian assistance to the internally displaced persons and the Sudanese who fled to Chad as a result of the fighting in Darfur.
The AU, which was involved in the negotiations, would continue working with the parties and the Chadian mediation team, to expeditiously put in place the cease-fire Commission provided for in the agreement, the AU Commission said.
Darfur has been in turmoil since February 2003 after the SLM resorted to arms to force the government in Khartoum to allocate more developmental resources to their area.

10 april 2004 10:43:00

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