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Sudan News Agreement

The agreement was reached after nearly a year of peace talks. At least 48 people have been killed and many injured in ethnic violence in Darfur. The violence comes less than a week after a peace deal between the government and rebel groups in the troubled region. “Now that most of the parties to the conflict are on board with the agreement, the Sudanese government must ensure a thorough, effective and impartial investigation into allegations of serious violations of both international humanitarian law and human rights law perpetrated by members of the country`s armed forces and their allied militias, as well as by armed opposition groups.” said Deprose Muchena. Some armed groups have not signed the agreement, which could be an obstacle to its success. The Sudan Liberation Movement/Army-Abdul Wahid Nur (SLM/A-AW), one of Darfur`s main armed groups, refused to participate in the peace talks from the outset. No agreement has also been reached with the Sudan People`s Liberation Movement (SPLM-N), led by Abdel Aziz al-Hilu, which controls parts of South Kordofan and Blue Nile. “All parties must ensure that the peace agreement marks the end of nearly two decades of civilian suffering. People must be able to return home and rebuild their lives with dignity.┬áThe guarantors of the agreement of Chad, Qatar, Egypt, the African Union, the European Union and the United Nations also contribute to the agreement.

“Today we have reached a peace agreement. We are happy. We ended the mission,” said Tut Gatluak, head of the South Sudanese mediation team, shortly before the signing of the agreement which took place a year after the start of peace talks. Sudan`s peace agreement, signed last week, finally promises to end the devastating wars in Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue Nile, which have claimed hundreds of thousands of lives, but, as Alex de Waal and Edward Thomas explain, it is costly. The peace agreement brings the rebels to the transitional government. Today`s signing of the peace agreement between the Sudanese government and the Sudan Revolutionary Front, an alliance of nine political and armed groups from different parts of the country, including the southern Blue Nile, Darfur and Kordofan states, must support people`s quest for dignity and justice, Amnesty International said today. The agreement followed ten months of negotiations in Juba, South Sudan. Sudan`s interim government and several rebel groups have signed a peace agreement aimed at resolving years of war that have left hundreds of thousands dead and millions displaced in different parts of the country. South Sudanese President Salva Kiir, whose country gained independence from Sudan in 2011 after decades of civil war, attended the summit. General Abdel-Fattah Burhan and his deputy, General Mohammed Hamadan Dagalo, also attended the ceremony. Dagalo, the commander of the Paramilitary Rapid Support Forces, signed the agreement with rebel leaders.

The government and armed groups initialled the agreement at a ceremony on August 31 in Juba.

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