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Sudan Rebels Blocking Darfur Peace, Observers Say

Rebels in west Sudan are obstructing efforts to stop fighting in the expectation that the plight of thousands of refugees will force the international community to intervene, observers said on Sunday. Attempts to reach a political solution in Sudan’s arid western Darfur region stumbled last week when the two rebel groups refused to take part in talks after the government turned down six preconditions. A key rebel demand is the disarmament of Arab militia fighters, also known as Janjaweed. The rebels accuse the Janjaweed of killing and raping villagers and then looting and razing their homes. The rebels say the government armed the mounted Arab militia, though Khartoum calls them outlaws. Full Story

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