Thursday, June 01, 2006

Darfur rebels ignore peace deadline

A midnight African Union deadline for holdout Darfur rebels to agree to a peace deal for the troubled western Sudanese region has passed with no new signatories, AU officials say. Despite intense pressure and threats of sanctions on the two rebel groups that have thus far rejected the pact, AU officials said no such overtures had been made. At the same time, they said the pan-African body might be willing to accept signatures to the May 5 agreement on Thursday, considering logistical problems would-be signers may have had in meeting the May 31 deadline. "No one has called to say they will sign but they know how to reach us," a senior AU official said at the bloc's headquarters in Addis Ababa after the 2100 GMT deadline passed.
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3 comment(s):

Unfortunately once again this conflict is about power and oil. Little reported is the need to focus on China's role here who have increased their oil interests in Sudan.

Greed is the fuel that spreads this agony upon these poor people. It is painful to watch.

By Blogger Matt Burge, at 2:43 AM  

Yes, it is very painful to watch.

By Blogger Annamarie, at 11:43 PM  

This is very interesting site... »

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