SUDAN WATCH: AU says dissident rebels behind deterioration of security in Darfur - Faction of JEM ready to sign peace deal

Friday, June 02, 2006

AU says dissident rebels behind deterioration of security in Darfur - Faction of JEM ready to sign peace deal

Chair of AU Commission, Alpha Konare, blamed the two holdout groups of being behind what he described as the "progressive deterioration of the security situation in Darfur."

A dissident faction of the JEM merged in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Thursday, saying it accepted the peace agreement.

"We already discussed all of the decisions with the African Union and now we are ready to sign the Darfur peace agreement," said Col. Abdul Majid Hassan, who said he leads the movement's faction is South Darfur. It was not immediately clear how much support Hassan's faction enjoys. - AP report June 1 via ST June 2, 2006.

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