SUDAN TO SIGN DARFUR PEACE DEAL DESPITE BOYCOTTS

Niwandinda Daniel
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Sudan’s transitional government and rebel groups are expected to sign a peace agreement later today to end 17 years of conflict – despite boycotts by some movements during the negotiations.
The talks have been taking place in South Sudan’s capital, Juba, and involved rebel groups operating in Darfur, Blue Nile and South Kordofan regions.
Fighting between government forces and the rebels started in 2003 and has left hundreds of thousands of people dead. Millions have been forced from their homes.
Two weeks ago, some rebels boycotted the talks as the parties inched closer to a breakthrough. One of the major players who walked out of the negotiations was the SPLM-N led by Abdelaziz Adam Al-Hilu of Southern Kordufan.
Tut Galwak, South Sudan’s presidential security adviser and chief mediator, urged SPLM-N “to reconsider its position and re-join the peace process.”

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