July 6, 2005


Sudan agrees Darfur peace outline (BBC, 7/05/05)

The Sudanese government and two rebel groups have agreed on ground rules for efforts to resolve the conflict in the troubled Western region of Darfur.

They signed a declaration of principles after four weeks of hard negotiations in the Nigerian capital, Abuja. [...]

The discussions are part of the AU's attempt to find African solutions to Africa's problems, the BBC's Anna Borzello in Abuja says.

AU chief mediator Salim Salim said the declaration would send a message for ending the conflict and the realisation of peace and stability in Darfur.

"You have demonstrated your own determination that you will not let down the people of Darfur... and you will not let down our friends in the international community," he told the signatories.

"Some formidable challenges lie ahead," he added.

The head of the rebel Sudan Liberation Movement, Abdel Wahed Mohamed al-Nur, said the agreement marked "the beginning of the road to peace".

His group signed the agreement along with the Justice and Equality Movement.

Among the broad commitments agreed upon are the upholding of democracy, the independence of the judiciary and "justice and equality for all, regardless of ethnicity, religion and gender".

The declaration also refers to "an effective devolution of powers" to regional authorities and the equitable distribution of national wealth.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 6, 2005 12:02 AM
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