Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Sudan open on new Darfur peace deal

Sudan indicated it may accept new concessions in negotiations for a solution to the Darfur crisis.

The new deal would have Sudan disarm Janjaweed militia at a faster pace.

The Arabic-speaking Janjaweed often raid non-Arabic communities, taking children as slaves according to some. The ethnic clashes have contributed to the displacement of about 2 million people and the deaths of 180,000.

Sudan has consistently claimed that it does not support the Janjaweed as alledged by some observer groups.

Darfur is also a base for Chadian rebels, and Chad has accused Sudan of supporting these groups.

Sudan has countered that Chad supports anti-Sudan rebels in the Darfur area.

Al-Qaeda's recent interest in the region complicates the problem. The Justice and Equality Movement has been linked with Muslim fundamentalism. In recent messages, al-Qaeda has called for its supporters to fight Western influence in Darfur.

More time given for Darfur peace talks

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