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Sudanese govt, rebels agree on protection of civilians in Darfur

The Sudanese government and rebels agreed on an African Union mediated plan to protect the Darfur region’s 1.2 million displaced people from hunger, rape and murder, the parties said. “At this meeting, we came to the agreement on this protocol on humanitarian issues. So this is the end of this part of the talks. We will continue tomorrow (Thursday) on security issues,” the leader of the rebel Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), Ahmed Mohammed Tugod, told journalists. “We have reached an agreement by the end of today and we believe this is a step forward, it is timely and opportune because the people in Darfur actually need to have some sort of tranquillity,” Sudan’s minister of humanitarian affairs, Mohammed Yusuf, said. “The Darfur people need some sort of understanding that things are moving forward. So this agreement is sending the right signal in this direction,” he said. Full Story

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