UN: Most Sudan rebels and neighbors back Darfur peace hope
Added 01-20-20 09:35:02pm EST - “U.N. experts say most rebel groups and all of Sudan's neighbors except Libya support the peace process in Darfur but local security incidents in that troubled western region have increased, ranging from rapes to clashes between farmers…” - Washingtontimes.com
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UNITED NATIONS (AP) - U.N. experts say most rebel groups and all of Sudan’s neighbors except Libya support the peace process in Darfur but local security incidents in that troubled western region have increased, ranging from rapes to clashes between farmers and herders.
The panel’s report to the U.N. Security Council circulated Monday also pointed to militia attacks on civilians, violent protests and tensions in major camps where hundreds of thousands of displaced Darfuris have lived for years. It also noted clashes between the government and the remaining rebel holdout group, the Sudan Liberation Army faction headed by Abdul Wahid Elnur.
The conflict in Darfur began in 2003 when ethnic Africans rebelled, accusing Sudan’s Arab-dominated government of discrimination. The government in Khartoum was accused of retaliating by arming local nomadic Arab tribes and unleashing them on civilian populations - a charge it denies. Last April, a popular uprising led the military to overthrow autocratic President Omar al-Bashir after nearly three decades in power.
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A military-civilian government now running the country has put Sudan on a fragile path to democracy but Elnur’s rebel group and its supporters accuse the transitional government of hijacking the revolution.
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