Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Protagonists in western Sudan's troubled Darfur region concluded their third meeting here Wednesday with the signing of a document dubbed "Tripoli II Declaration".
Representatives of the rebel Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) and the Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM) and Darfur regional administration reaffirmed their commitment to the cease-fire and protocols they signed with the Sudanese government in N'djamena (April 2004), Addis Ababa (May 2004) and the two Abuja protocols initialled last November.
Under the declaration signed in the presence of the Libyan leader, Colonel Moammar Kadhafi, the rebel groups agreed to end all forms of aggression and co-operate with the Darfur regional administration so as to open routes for channelling assistance and trade between various urban centres in the troubled region.
The declarations also envisages the creation of a contact mechanism between the administration in Darfur, the two rebel groups and tribal chiefs, as well as the release of all inmates and war prisoners by both sides, as stipulated by the Abuja protocol.
signed in November 2004.
The statement also called for the rapid resumption of peace negotiations to find a political solution to the crisis and achieve stability, security and development.
Kadhafi commended the actors in the Darfur crisis for accepting to sign the declaration to be submitted before a summit devoted to the crisis in Darfur, scheduled to open in Tripoli next Monday.
The crisis in Darfur has reportedly killed over 180,000 and displaced over 1.
6 million people since its eruption in February 2003.
About 200,000 other have fled into Chad.