Sunday, April 05, 2009

SLM-Nur commander meets U.S. envoy in Jebel Marra

Associated Press report 05 April 2009:
Darfur commander meets US Envoy
KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) - A top Darfur rebel commander says a visit by an envoy of President Barack Obama is positive but not enough for him to start talking peace with Sudan's government.

Ibrahim al-Helw, a commander in the Sudan Liberation Movement, says the visit on Sunday by J. Scott Gration to his group's stronghold in the mountainous rebel-controlled Jebel Marra area is a "step in the right direction." It was the first ever visit by a senior American official to the area controlled by the group led by exiled leader Abdelwahid Nur.

Al-Helw said Sudan's recent expulsion of aid groups from Darfur topped the discussion with Gration and added that a meningitis epidemic was breaking out in the region.

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