Killing of 2 former rebel leaders in Darfur is a cowardly act - AU

Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The African Union (AU) on Monday described the killing of two former rebel leaders, who had joined the peace process in Darfur, as a “cowardly act” that seeks to dissuade other movements from joining the peace process.

A statement from the AU Commission, obtained by PANA here, said the AU Commission Chairperson, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, has learnt, with great shock, about the ambush and killing, on 12 May 2013, at the border between Chad and Sudan, of the leader of the Justice and Equality Movement-Sudan (JEM-S), Commander Mohamed Bashar, his deputy, Suleiman Arko Dahiya, and many other members of the JEM-S who were heading to Darfur on a peace mission.

The statement said the Chairperson of the Commission wishes to recall that Mohamed Bashar and his Movement had embraced peace by signing an agreement with the Government of Sudan on 6 April, 2013, in Doha, Qatar.

“The Chairperson of the Commission condemns, in the strongest possible terms, this cowardly act, aimed at dissuading other groups in Darfur from joining the peace process.” the statement said.

It added that Dr. Dlamini-Zuma “urges the Government of Sudan, with the support of the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID), to bring the perpetrators of this crime to justice.”

It said in the meantime, she urges restraint on the part of the JEM-Bashar followers in order to allow the law to take its full course.

The AU official expressed AU’s heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased.

“The Chairperson of the Commission, once again, urges the hold-out movements from Darfur to emulate JEM-S and join the peace process in the interest of peace and stability in Darfur," the statement added.
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13 may 2013 18:24:30

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