Darfur rebels ready to sign truce deal with Sudan
The Associated Press
Saturday, February 20, 2010; 8:12 AM
DOHA, Qatar -- Darfur's most powerful rebel group says it will sign a temporary cease-fire deal with the Sudanese government on Saturday.
The rebel Justice and Equality Movement was the most significant holdout in efforts to end the seven-year conflict in which 300,000 people have lost their lives to violence, disease and displacement.
Rebel spokesman Ahmed Hussein said in a phone interview the group would sign the truce deal in Chad's capital, N'Djamena.
He said a broader agreement on security arrangements and refugees will be signed within three days in Qatar, which has meditated the talks.
Besides the dead, the U.N. says 2.7 million were driven from their homes in the fighting between ethnic African rebels and the government and Arab militias.