JEM denies trying to kill its leader in Chad - JEM in Washington talks with US special envoy to Sudan Richard Williamson
JEM denies killing Dr Khalil Ibrahim
From Miraya FM Saturday, 10 January 2009:
The justice and equality movement denied the press statements claiming a murder attempt and allegations of injury of the chairman of JEM Dr. Khalil Ibrahim after disputes in his faction.- - -
A JEM leader Jibril Ibrahim said that these are false allegations and that the movement is united, he accused the NCP of broadcasting such news. Pointing to, Dr. Khalil heads the JEM delegation currently in Washington, to discuss issues concerning the Darfur crisis with the American administration.
The Sudanese media center had recently published that there are ongoing conflicts between members of the movement, which it described as disputes inside the JEM led to an unspecified injury of Dr.Khalil, at Chadian area of UMjaras.
Darfur JEM delegation in Washington discuss peace with US officials
From Sudan Tribune Thursday, 08 January 2009 Washington:
The Darfur Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) in Washington met today with the US special envoy to Sudan and discussed with him efforts to resume stalled peace process.
Ahmed Hussein spokesperson for JEM told Sudan Tribune that the talks with Richard Williamson focused mainly on the peace process and humanitarian situation.
“We informed the US envoy that our strategic goal is achieving peace and stability in the region. We have no other interests as far as we are concerned” Hussein said.
“At the same time we told him that Khartoum must show seriousness in peace and cease all military activities and harassment of humanitarian work and displaced civilians alike” he added.
JEM started a week long visit to the US despite media reports in Khartoum that Washington postponed it.
The US embassy in Khartoum said that the visit “will take place within the context of U.S. government efforts to encourage all parties to participate in the Darfur peace process”.
Hussein said that Williamson encouraged them “to seize the window of opportunity for peace” including a Qatari initiative underway. Furthermore the US envoy told JEM that even though the venue of future talks would be Qatar, the Joint African Union- United Nations mediator Dijibril Bassole will play the leading role.
JEM also warned that some parties in Sudan may attempt to destabilize the situation further in Sudan following a possible arrest warrant by the International Criminal Court (ICC) against president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir.
The delegation also met with Timothy Shortley head of Sudan program group at the US state department where “constructive dialogue” was held. Hussein said.
Further meeting are scheduled on Friday with US assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Jendayi Frazer.