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February 24, 2010

Until the other groups can be brought into the agreement, a true peace accord cannot be implemented

Khalil Ibrahim, leader of most powerful rebel group in Darfur, the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) is calling upon 'my brothers in the other movements to (come together) in an overall partnership in the service of our country and say, let us unite and commit ourselves together and at the same time to peace."
The Sudanese government and the JEM have agreed not only to a ceasefire but on "the participation of the JEM at all levels of power," according to a copy of the accord seen by AFP. The JEM will become "a political party as soon as the final agreement is signed between the two parties" by March 15.

Ibrahim and Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir will sign the ceasefire agreement next week and they have hashed out a broader plan for a peace accord. Chadian President Idriss Deby and Eritrean President Issaias Afeworki have been present at the meetings. The JEM leaders are of the Zaghawa ethnic group, however the Fur and Masalit tribes, comprise the majority of Darfuris, and they remain loyal to Abdel Wahiid al-Nur and his group, the SLA. Abdul Wahiid, who now lives in Paris, has refused to sign any agreement u
ntil security improves in Darfur, janjaweed are disarmed, and foreign tribes who settled on the land of displaced Darfuris are removed.

This agreement is the latest in a trail of broken promises and until Wahiid can be persuaded to come to the table, there will not be peace for Darfur's people.

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