Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir said Saturday evening his government is ready to militarily confront rebels who oppose the Darfur peace agreement, Kuwait News Agency reported 9 July 2006 - Willing to act by military means on Darfur peace agreement -- Bashir
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In a public speech before a crowd of Sudanese yesterday, Al-Bashir stressed he opposes entry of international forces to Darfur and the requests by rebels regarding modifying the agreement. He said the government will not allow a new colonization to Sudan.
"Colonists are the ones who started wars among the people of the country and claimed Darfur is neglected to justify the implementation of their own hidden agendas," he added.
The Sudanese government and the major resistance groups signed last April a peace agreement to end the conflict in the region. However, the groups later announced the end of ceasefire and launched a wide-range attack on Hamrat Al-Sheikh city in Kordofan region, neighboring Darfur.