Sudan signs deal with second Darfur rebel group

Sudan signed a three-month ceasefire deal with a second Darfur rebel group on Thursday, Al Jazeera reported.

Sudan signs deal with second Darfur rebel group

Sudan signed a three-month ceasefire deal with a second Darfur rebel group on Thursday, Al Jazeera reported, part of a government push to end the conflict in the western Sudanese region ahead of elections.

Sudanese officials signed the agreement with the Liberation and Justice Movement (LJM) in the Qatari capital Doha, the channel said, weeks after Khartoum signed a similar accord with Darfur's powerful insurgent Justice and Equality Movement (JEM).

Sudan's Vice President Ali Osman Mohamed Taha told reporters in the Qatari capital Doha, where peace negotiations have been taking place for months, that Thursday's deal was an important step.

"We call on all movements and factions including Justice and Equality Movement ... to join in serious and honest negotiations as soon as possible," he said.

Negotiations between JEM and Khartoum, which were supposed to follow last month's ceasefire and pave the way to a final peace deal by March, are stalled.

Thursday's agreement included a temporary ceasefire that would be renewed as talks progressed and a "framework deal" listing topics for further negotiations between the LJM and Khartoum, a diplomatic source close to the talks told Reuters.


Reuters

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