Sudan inks peace accord with Darfur rebels

The Sudanese government and a Darfur rebel group signed a peace accord.

Doha: The Sudanese government and a
Darfur rebel group, the Liberation and Justice Movement, on Thursday
signed a peace accord in the Qatari capital Doha, in the
absence of key rebel factions.

Sudan`s President Omar al-Bashir and leaders of
Chad, Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, Eritrea and Qatar attended the
signing of the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur, an accord
which follows talks sponsored by the African Union, United
Nations and Arab League.

The Liberation and Justice Movement is an alliance
of rebel splinter factions.

However, the main armed groups in Darfur -- the
Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), and factions of the Sudan
Liberation Army headed by Minni Minnawi and Abdelwahid Nur --
were absent and did not sign the agreement.

"This is not a peace agreement. It is just a `jobs`
agreements, offering diplomatic positions for those who sign
it, and failing to solve the real problems in Darfur," JEM
spokesman Gibril Adam told AFP after the signing.

Adam said the fundamental issues of human rights
violations, power and wealth sharing, holding criminals to
account and compensating the displaced had not been properly


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