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All sides in the Darfur conflict have been urged to cease hostilities following the killing this weekend of a movement leader in the Sudanese province.
The call comes from Mohamed Ibn Chambas, head of the joint UN-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) in a statement released on Monday.
Chambas has condemned the criminal attack on Sunday which resulted in the death of Mohamed Bashar, leader of the Justice and Equality Movement-Sudan (JEM/Bashar) and a number of his colleagues.
He recalled that the group had clearly stated its preference for a peaceful resolution to the decade-long conflict in Darfur when it signed on to the Doha Document for Peace a month ago.
The document provides a comprehensive framework for peace in Darfur. It was finalized in May 2011 after more than two years of negotiations, dialogue and consultations.
Chambas urged all sides in Darfur, especially those movements which have not signed the Doha document, to cease hostilities and engage fully in the peaceful settlement of the conflict.
Dianne Penn, United Nations.