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Darfur rebels to stop peace talks with Sudan

DarfurThe Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), a major rebel group in Darfur, said on Friday it had decided to end peace talks with the Sudanese government until it lets back aid groups expelled from the troubled region.

“The movement cannot negotiate with the government of (Sudanese President Omar Hassan) al-Bashir,” JEM leader Khalil Ibrahim told Reuters by telephone.

The Sudanese government expelled 13 foreign and three local aid groups from operating in western Sudan this month, saying they had collaborated with the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague. The court has issued an arrest warrant for Bashir on war crimes charges.

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The expulsions could aggravate the humanitarian crisis in three refugee camps in Darfur, aid groups say.

In the Qatari capital Doha last month JEM and the government signed an agreement that included plans for “good faith” measures by both sides. Ibrahim said the government had to allow the expelled aid agencies back into Darfur and free JEM prisoners before peace talks can resume.

“There was supposed to be a conference (in Doha) after three weeks but we will not go,” he said.

United Nations officials say that as many as 300,000 people have died in six years of conflict in Darfur between African rebels and the Arab-dominated government. Khartoum says 10,000 people have lost their lives.

Source: Reuters

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