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Sudan says want peace agreement in Darfur before end of June

May 25, 2010 (KHARTOUM) – Sudanese Presidential Adviser discussed today with Darfur mediation ways to conclude a peace agreement with rebel Liberation and Justice Movement (LJM) before the end of next month, a pro government media reported today.

Ghazi Salah Eddin (L), adviser to Sudan's President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, shakes hands with Al-Tijani Al-Sissi of the Liberation and Justice Movement (LJM) after signing a truce in Doha March 18, 2010. Reuters
Ghazi Salah Eddin (L), adviser to Sudan’s President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, shakes hands with Al-Tijani Al-Sissi of the Liberation and Justice Movement (LJM) after signing a truce in Doha March 18, 2010. Reuters
Ghazi Salah Eddine Attabani arrived Tuesday in Doha for talks with Qatari Prime Minister Hamad Jassim Jabr Al Thani, the Qatari state minister for foreign affairs Ahmed bin Abdullah Al-Mahmoud and the Joint Chief Mediator Djibril Basole.

Ghazi, who is in charge with the Darfur file, discussed with Hamad ways to conclude a peace agreement between the Sudanese government and the rebel LJM chaired by Tijani El-Sissi before the end of next month, said the government sponsored SMC.

The Sudanese official discussed the possibility of finalizing the positions papers of the two parties before the end of May in order to enable the mediation to broker a unifying vision before the six of June.

The signing of the final peace agreement should take place in the middle of June, the SMC said.

Last week the mediation announced the resumption of the peace talks during the last week of May stressing that the invitation would be extended to all the parties including the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) which suspended its participation in the peace process.

The rebel group accused Khartoum of breaching a cessation of hostilities agreement signed last February.

JEM said recently it would not resume the peace process unless its leader Khalil Ibrahim returns to Darfur. The later had been last week barred by the Chadian authorities from entering Ndjamena to cross for Western Sudan. The rebel group wants also to review the process.

A third rebel group, Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM) led by Abdel Wahid Al-Nur is not part of the Doha peace talks because it demands that Khartoum resolve the insecurity issues on the ground before the talks.

Mahgoub Hussein, LJM deputy chairman, told Al-Sahafa daily that his group had asked to postpone the peace talks to unify the positions of rebel movements and include them in the peace process without exception.

“The movement (LJM) does not seek incomplete and partial peace accord. We do not want to produce an Abuja two agreement,” he said referring to a peace deal signed with the former rebel Minni Minnawi in May 2006.

The African Union earlier this month held a meeting in Addis Ababa to discuss the peace process in Sudan and the referendum on self determination for Southern Sudanese in January 2011. The meeting agreed on the need to settle Darfur conflict before the refenda.

JEM spokesperson Ahmed Hussein Adam reacted to Gahzi demand saying Khartoum is not serious about peace in Darfur. “They started a comprehensive military operation against our troops on the ground and they come to Doha to speak about peace,” he said.

He said the file of Darfur conflict is now totally in the hands of the security apparatus as it had been the case in 2003, when the conflict started.

He further said partial deal would complicate the settlement of Darfur conflict.

On Monday, the hybrid peacekeeping mission confirmed the military escalation between the Sudanese army and JEM rebels.

UNAMID head, Ibrahim Gambari repeated his call on the party to end hostilities saying the fighting caused ” substantial civilian casualties, the displacement of communities, and hampered the delivery of humanitarian assistance”.