Khartoum alleges rebel violation of Darfur ceasefire

Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Khartoum accused the two rebel movements in the troubled region of Western Darfur Sunday, of intensifying attacks against government forces as they sought to capture new areas before an African Union (AU) delegation arrived to assess a cease-fire the belligerents signed recently in N'djamena, Chad.
The rebel Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM) and Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) have for more than a year now been up in arms against Khartoum and a pro-government Arab militia, the Janjaweed.
The conflict has displaced more than a million people, some of whom fled to neighbouring Chad.
A ceasefire signed in the Chadian capital provided for a 45-day truce (renewable), free access for humanitarian aid, the release of prisoners as well as disarming of the marauding Janjaweed combatants.
Asserting that the SLM and JEM were violating the ceasefire, Khartoum enjoined the AU and the Chadian government to step in and help enforce the truce.
Darfur is inhabited mainly by non-Arab tribes.
Alleging marginalisation, the two rebel movements there are pushing for economic development and for a more equitable distribution of national wealth.

17 may 2004 08:13:00

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