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2006-06-06 03:33:58

By Opheera McDoom FATA BORNO CAMP, Sudan (Reuters) - Signing a peace deal to end three years of fighting that some have called genocide would normally propel a rebel leader into the ranks of national hero. But in Sudan's violent Darfur region, the man who made peace with the government in Nigeria on May 5 is restricted in his movement because of security concerns and reviled as a traitor by many in teeming refugee camps. Last week, on Minni Arcua Minnawi's first return to Darfur...

2006-06-05 16:17:49

By Evelyn Leopold KHARTOUM (Reuters) - A U.N. Security Council delegation arrived in Sudan for the first time on Monday to try to persuade the Khartoum government that a U.N. peacekeeping operation in Darfur was not tantamount to an invasion. At the same time, several of the 15 council members intend to tell Sudanese leaders that they have not done enough to protect their own people, regardless of who started the conflict which has cost tens of thousands of lives. Sudan signed a...

2006-06-05 01:59:42

By Opheera McDoom EL-FASHER, Sudan (Reuters) - The Darfur rebel leader who signed a peace deal with the Sudanese government last month says U.N. peacekeeping troops should deploy in the violent west, disagreeing with Khartoum. Minni Arcua Minnawi, the tall, wiry leader of the main faction of the Sudan Liberation Army (SLA), said in an interview on Sunday night he still did not fully trust the government he fought for three years, but his advance team would arrive in the capital next...

2006-05-31 19:28:42

By Opheera McDoom KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Two Darfur rebel groups refused on Thursday to sign a peace deal ahead of a deadline set by the African Union to end the three-year-old conflict that has killed tens of thousands in Sudan's remote west. The African Union, set up to promote social, political and economic integration in Africa, has raised the spectre of U.N. sanctions against Abdel Wahed Mohammed al-Nur of the Sudan Liberation Army (SLA) and the rebel Justice and Equality...

2006-05-29 11:33:55

By Opheera McDoom KHARTOUM (Reuters) - One African Union soldier was killed and another critically wounded when heavily armed men ambushed a patrol not far from their base in West Darfur, the United Nations said. "The number of attackers is unconfirmed between six to 12 and they were reportedly armed with RPGs (rocket-propelled grenades) and AK-47 rifles," the U.N. statement sent late on Sunday said. The AU on Monday confirmed the ambush but could not give details. The identity of...

2006-05-26 10:20:27

By Opheera McDoom KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sudan has yet to decide whether to allow U.N. peacekeeping troops into Darfur, but will let a technical team visit the region to investigate a United Nations role, presidential advisor Mustafa Osman Ismail said on Friday. "The (U.N.) role has not been decided yet," he told reporters. "Will it be a humanitarian role, one of monitoring the ceasefire, a role of peacekeeping?" He said the decision would be taken after a joint African Union-United...

2006-05-23 13:03:31

By Opheera McDoom and Jeremy Lovell KHARTOUM/LONDON (Reuters) - The Sudanese government must agree to let a U.N. peacekeeping force into Darfur within weeks to make sure a peace agreement is applied, African Union commission chief Alpha Konare said on Tuesday. "In two months' time the rainy season starts. If confidence does not rule again to improve the security situation by then, it could be very bad," he told reporters after meeting British Prime Minister Tony Blair. "The...

2006-05-23 11:48:53

By Opheera McDoom and Jeremy Lovell KHARTOUM/LONDON (Reuters) - The Sudanese government must agree to let a U.N. peacekeeping force into Darfur within weeks to make sure a peace agreement is applied, African Union commission chief Alpha Konare said on Tuesday. "In two months' time the rainy season starts. If confidence does not rule again to improve the security situation by then, it could be very bad," he told reporters after a meeting with British Prime Minister Tony Blair. "The...

2006-05-23 00:21:05

By Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan warned the Sudan government that its restrictions on vital supplies and relief workers distributing them in Darfur constituted a violation of international humanitarian law. In a report sent to the U.N. Security Council on Monday, Annan also said atrocities, including rape, pillaging and driving people from their homes, were swelling the population in squalid camps, now about 2.5 million. Despite a May 5...

2006-05-22 17:02:47

By Opheera McDoom KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Senior United Nations diplomats seek to persuade Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir's government on Tuesday to accept a U.N. peacekeeping force in the western Darfur region. Despite a peace deal signed by the government and the main Darfur rebel group on May 5, dozens have been killed in clashes between rebels and government-armed Arab militias. An African Union (AU) peacekeeping force is cash-strapped and ill-equipped. Khartoum, under...