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Sudanese rebels squabble with government over ceasefire violations

Sudanese rebels walked away from African Union peace talks here to hold a 24-hour boycott in protest at alleged government attacks on civilians in the war-torn western province of Darfur. And on the eve of a UN Security Council deadline for Sudan to disarm Darfur’s pro-government militia and ensure the safety of more than 1.2 million displaced civilians, Khartoum’s envoys insisted they had already done enough. But as the two sides squabbled in Abuja over alleged ceasefire abuses, UN officials in Sudan warned that the conditions were not yet in place for the refugees to return to their homes and called on the government to do more. Ahmed Tugod, a spokesman for the rebel Justice and Equality Movement, and Shereef Harir, chief negotiator of the Sudan Liberation Movement, alleged that government forces had attacked the village of Yassin three days ago. Full Story

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