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November 17, 2008

JEM Rebel Group going to Qatar for peace talk

Although the JEM rebel group recently said it would have nothing to do with the Qatar sponsored peace initiative, their London-based spokesperson, Ahmed Hussein Adam, texted Reuters to say JEM would be sending a delegation to Doha for “consultation” with Qatari leadership.
"This is just to explain to them our vision on the peaceful solution and to hear more from them on the issue."

The Arab League asked Qatar to sponsor new peace talks weeks after the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) made moves to indict Sudan's president for orchestrating war crimes in Darfur in July. A high-level Qatari delegation met JEM's leader Khalil Ibrahim on the Sudan-Chad border earlier this month to try to persuade him to attend.

Experts agree that both the Qatari initiative and the recent declaration by Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir of a unilateral cease-fire represent efforts by the Al-Bashir to persuade the U.N.'s Security Council to use its powers to postpone the ICC's proceedings.
But rebels say Sudanese troops broke the ceasefire within days of Al-Bashir’s announcement by attacking their positions on Friday and Saturday.

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