JEM 'not serious' about peace

2010-03-29 08:13
Khartoum - Sudan's chief peace negotiator said on Sunday that a main Darfur rebel group, Justice and Equality Movement, was "not serious" about reaching a final settlement with the government.

"We have committed to finalising an agreement between now and April 5," Amin Hassan Omar told reporters in Khartoum.

"But JEM is not serious about reaching a peace agreement," he said, accusing the group of violating the ceasefire and failing to free prisoners despite a pledge to do so.

JEM, one of two key Darfur rebel groups along with the Sudan Liberation Army faction of Abdelwahid Nur, signed a framework accord in February in Qatar that was hailed by the international community as a major step towards bringing peace to the western region of Sudan devastated by a seven-year war.

But talks between Khartoum and JEM have since run into trouble and a deadline set under the accord for completing the peace deal passed on March 15 without agreement.

Shortly afterwards, the Khartoum government signed a framework peace deal in Doha with the Liberation and Justice Movement, another rebel group that forms an alliance of splinter factions.

Senior Sudanese officials at the time urged JEM to engage in "serious and sincere" talks to reach a final agreement.

Omar on Sunday insisted the Sudanese authorities had not re-arrested 15 JEM rebels last week, as alleged by their lawyer, after releasing them following the wavering truce.

"JEM wants to control Darfur, as well as (the central region of) Kordofan and Khartoum," he said.

According to sources in Chad, JEM is prepared to tone down its demands in return for a delay to the national multi-party elections due to be held on April 11-13.

But Sudan has said there is no reason to postpone the presidential, legislative and local elections, despite calls from Western observers and opposition parties for a delay.

Read more on:    sudan  |  east africa

SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Inside News24

 
/World
 

20 self-made teenage millionaires

From selling lemonade to building webpages, these young entrepreneurs made a pretty fortune!

 
 

Luxury living

Top 10 richest musicians of all time
10 most expensive cars In the world
10 of the most expensive things that will leave your jaw hanging!
Seven of the most expensive children's toys ever made
Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

There is a tendency towards setting your expectations too high which will result in disappointment. Try not to let your thoughts...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.