Government of Sudan and rebel group sign ceasefire agreement

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Gambian troops of the African Union-UN Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID)

The government of Sudan and a major rebel group have signed an agreement to stop fighting in the troubled Darfur region of Sudan.

The agreement was signed in Doha, Qatar, on Sunday by senior officials of the Sudanese government and the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM).

The joint UN-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) has described the accord as a major breakthrough in the efforts to bring about a comprehensive and lasting peace in Darfur.

Aicha Elbasri is spokesperson for UNAMID.

"The JEM Sudan is a major group represented by over 30 field commanders who took part in the peace talks in Doha, so they have a major weight on the ground. This shows that the Doha document is an important peace document that is still appealing to armed groups to cease the fight and join in the peace process."

Duration:  23″

The Doha Document for Peace in Darfur which was finalized in 2011 is the framework for the comprehensive peace process in Darfur.

The other rebel group that has committed itself to the agreement is the Liberation and Justice Movement.

The crisis in Darfur started with a civil war that broke out in 2003 between the government and its allied militia and rebel groups, leaving thousands of people dead and over 1.5 million others displaced from their homes.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

Duration: 1'17"

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