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UPDATED: 10:36, May 07, 2006
Sudan vows to complete Darfur peace process
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The Sudanese government reiterated on Saturday that it is committed to completing the peace process in the country's western region of Darfur.

The Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the government vowed to redouble its efforts to rebuild the arid area.

A peace agreement signed by the government and a main rebel faction in Darfur "has fulfilled hopes and ambitions" of local citizens, the statement said.

It urged other rebel factions which refused to ink the deal to "get on the train of peace as soon as possible."

The government delegation and the Sudan Liberation Movement led by Minni Arkou Minawi signed a peace agreement in the Nigerian capital Abuja on Friday.

However, two other main rebel factions in Darfur refused to ink the peace agreement, claiming that the deal did not meet their demands of a Darfur regional government, a post of Sudanese vice president and compensation for victims of the conflict.

The peace agreement was a breakthrough of Sudan's efforts to win back its regional and international role and it would iron out distorted and confused pictures of the country, the statement said.

Sudan was frustrated in January when an AU summit convened in Khartoum refused the country to take over the chairmanship of the pan-African organization because of the Darfur conflict.

The statement also said that the peace agreement, which was reached under the sponsorship of the African Union (AU), "proves the African continent's ability to solve its own problems by itself no matter how complicated the problems are."

The peace agreement is expected to help pave the way for the deployment of international peacekeeping forces to replace the cash-strapped 7,800-strong AU forces in Darfur.

But the Sudanese government has so far turned down the UN takeover of the peacekeeping mission from the AU.

Jamal Mohammed Ibrahim, spokesman of the Foreign Ministry, told reporters on Saturday that any other country or international organization "has no right to send its forces to Darfur without the Sudanese government's consent."

"The AU Peace and Security Council has extended the mandate of the African forces in Darfur to Sept. 30, and it is up to the government to decide whether to invite an international peacekeeping force after that," he added.

Source: Xinhua

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