Nigerian MEND reinstate ceasefire in Niger Delta

Nigeria's main rebel group reinstated a ceasefire on Sunday in the oil-producing Niger Delta to allow for peace talks with the government.

Nigerian MEND reinstate ceasefire in Niger Delta

Nigeria's main rebel group reinstated a ceasefire on Sunday in the oil-producing Niger Delta to allow for peace talks with the government.

The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), whose attacks have battered Africa's biggest energy sector in the last three years, said the government expressed a readiness last week to engage in serious talks to address their concerns.

"To encourage the process of dialogue...an indefinite ceasefire has been ordered and takes effect from 0000 hours, Sunday, Oct. 25," the group said in a statement.

The militant group, which says it is fighting for a fairer share of the region's wealth, lifted a three-month old ceasefire this month and threatened to resume its campaign of violence against the OPEC member.

But MEND has been severely weakened since its leaders and thousands of gunmen accepted President Umaru Yar'Adua's amnesty offer and disarmed. It is unclear who is now running the group.


Reuters

Last Mod: 25 Ekim 2009, 18:08
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