Darfour's rebels accuse Khartoum of violating the truce
Sudan, Politics, 4/16/2004
One official for one of the two rebels movement in Darfour district, in the west of Sudan, said yesterday that the forces supporting Khartoum had violated the cease- fire agreement signed on April 8, in Njamina, capital of Chad.
The military spokesman for the al-Adala and al-Musawat ( Justice and equality ) movement, Abdullah Abdul Karim, said that the Sudanese government had violated the cease fire when Arab militias supported by the Sudanese regular army burnt several villages in Darfour district.
Meantime, the US addressed a direct request to form a committee supervising the cease fire in Darfour. The US Department Of State called for the formation of this committee because it was not able to confirm that the cease fire is valid. This is however, after human rights defense committees accused militias supporting the Sudanese government in carrying out "a scare campaign " in the area.
The conflict in Darfour between the Sudanese government and the rebels resulted in killing more than 10,000 persons and displacement more than 670,000 since February 2003. The International federation for human rights leagues renewed its concern because of the difficult situation of human rights and the grave humanitarian crisis in Darfour district..
It added in a statement that the "Sudanese government launched a large scale scare campaign in the area, the population are exposed to random attacks and acts of violence." The statement continued that the "civilians in the district, especially al-Foure, al- Zghawa, and al-Masalit continued to be the main target for the attacks." The federation commended the cease fire signed in Njamina this month.
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