Armed groups in Darfur urged to join peace process

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an internally displaced woman from Kassab camp, in Kutum (North Darfur)

The top envoy of the United Nations and the African Union in the Darfur region of Sudan has called on armed movements there to abandon fighting and join the peace process.

Ibrahim Gambari made the appeal on Friday following attacks on three towns in the southwestern part of the region early this week.

He says he is deeply concerned that the groups are seeking to destabilize the region.

Dianne Penn reports.

Ambassador Gambari repeated his call on the armed movements to discard what he called "the logic of war" and join the peace process for the sake of the long-suffering people of Darfur.

His comments follow attacks on three towns which occurred in southwest Darfur on Tuesday.

Three movements—the Sudan Liberation Army/Minni Minnawi, the Justice and Equality Movement and a third unidentified group—have claimed responsibility, according to the UN-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID).

Gambari said the mission is closely monitoring the situation and taking measures to protect civilians.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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