Sudanese pres. officially declares signing of peace agreement with JEM

KHARTOUM, Feb 20 (Saba) — Sudanese president Omar Al-Bashir officially proclaimed here Saturday that his government signed a peace agreement with the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), the biggest rebel movement in Darfur, led by the chad-based Khalil Ibrahim, according to Kuwait News Agency (KUNA).

Bashir, who made this announcement in an address delivered before thousands of women at the fairgrounds in Bari district in Khartoum, did not go into the agreement’s details, though he asserted that his government will sign a final peace accord with all Darfurian rebel movements within two days in the Qatari capital of Doha.

Further, Bashir announced the abolition of all death penalties issued against those belonging to the JEM who took part in the offensive against the Sudanese capital in May 2008 and ordered the immediate release of 30 percent of them.

Bashir also hailed the role played by the Chadian president Idriss Deby in pushing the negotiations with the JEM as well as the efforts exerted by the Amir of the state of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Egyptian president Honsi Mubarak, Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi and other countries that helped make the peace overtures in Darfur a success.

JEM had declared earlier today that they signed a framework agreement with the Sudanese government in the Chadian capital N’Djamena that sets modalities for a ceasefire agreement between the two sides.

This declaration comes a day following the Sudanese president’s assertion that reaching an agreement with the JEM is around the corner.

This agreement comes following three-day talks between a JEM delegation and a Sudanese government delegation in the Chadian capital N’Djamena brokered by president Dibi in what coincided with consultations held by Darfur rebels with a Sudanese government delegation under the sponsorship of Qatar and with the participation of the United Nations and the African Union.

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