Sudan signs ceasefire with rebels

2010-02-25 08:41 BJT

 

The Sudanese government has signed a ceasefire agreement with the Justice and Equality Movement, also known as the JEM, a key rebel group in Darfur.

The new development is being considered a big step towards ending the seven year conflict.

Tuesday's signing between Sudan and the JEM in Doha, was considered the prelude to a permanent peace agreement.

Sudanese president Al-Bashir said the ceasefire was a significant step towards ending the conflict in Darfur. He said he hoped a final peace accord could be sealed by mid-March.

File photo Sudanese forces showing support for President Omar al-Beshir in the capital Khartoum. (AFP/File/Ashraf Shazly)
File photo Sudanese forces showing support for President Omar
al-Beshir in the capital Khartoum. (AFP/File/Ashraf Shazly)