AFP report Dissident Darfur Rebels Sign AU Peace Deal
- via Defense News June 8, 2006 - excerpt:
"With this declaration we are committing ourselves to the agreement in the same way as the other signatories, and are hoping that it allows peace in Darfur," said a leader of the SLM/A faction, Abdurahman Musa Abbakar.
A leader of the dissident JEM faction said the final decision to sign the pact was a "historic moment" for Sudan.
"I want to invite all people to adopt this peace agreement because this agreement belongs to all Sudanese and their neighbors," said Abdurahman Adam Abdurahman Aburisha.
Note, meanwhile a report today by VOA says holdout rebels loyal to those refusing to sign Darfur Peace Agreement are demanding international intervention and their "rights first and then peace later." See http://voanews.com/english/2006-06-08-voa49.cfm