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|March 3, 2011|
SLM spokesperson Nimir Abdel-Rahman:
"The leadership of the Sudan Liberation Movement wants to meet with the Joint Special Representative Ibrahim Gambari and the (UNAMID) Force Commander Patrick Nyamvumba to discuss cooperation on issues related to the protection of civilians and humanitarian access."
The rebel official said the continued attacks by government in Darfur generally and in Jebel Marra particularly since last July forced 500,000 civilians to flee their villages. He also said 250 civilians were killed by the regular forces and the militiamen.
The need to provide security and humanitarian assistance to the vulnerable villagers will top the agenda of the talks with the peacekeeping mission. Such cooperation will help the peacekeepers and the aid groups to reach civilians in the SLM controlled areas.