News / Africa

    Darfur Peace Talks ‘Not Serious,’ Says Rebel JEM spokesman

    The march called Hope for Darfur, Justice in Sudan was organized by the Darfur Interfaith Network. Christians, Muslims, Jews and other faiths participated in congregations throughout the Washington area, 23 May 2010
    The march called Hope for Darfur, Justice in Sudan was organized by the Darfur Interfaith Network. Christians, Muslims, Jews and other faiths participated in congregations throughout the Washington area, 23 May 2010

    Multimedia

    Audio
    • Ahmed Aden, Spokesman for Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) spoke with Clottey

    Peter Clottey

    A top official with the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) in Sudan has dismissed as a mere “publicity stunt” ongoing peace talks between the government and the Liberty and Justice Movement (LJM), another Darfur-based rebel group.

    JEM spokesman Ahmed Aden said President Omar Hassan Al-Bashir and his dominant National Congress Party (NCP) are not interested in resolving the Darfur crisis.

    “We’ve said it time and time again that what’s going on in Doha is just a conspiracy, not serious talks. It’s not a meaningful kind of process and is not something that the people of Darfur get out of it any kind of benefit. What is going on there the NCP is negotiating with NCP because the LJM is not a movement (rebel group). The LJM is just a formation created by the government of Sudan and created by the mediators and the host country,” he said.

    Aden’s comment comes after the Sudanese government started talks with the rebel LJM group in Qatar’s capital, Doha Wednesday. The talks are aimed at finalizing a peace deal by mid-July.

    Previous talks between the government and the LJM were put on hold due to Sudan’s recent elections, which President Bashir won by a landslide.

    Composed mainly of several rebel groups in Darfur, the LJM recently signed a ceasefire agreement with President Bashir’s government.

    But, JEM’s spokesman Aden said the talks will not benefit residents of Darfur.

    “We know what is going to happen at the end of the day. They are going to sign any kind of document because the document is already there (and) because they (government officials) have already agreed to give them jobs here and there. There is nothing there for the people of Darfur, nothing about (a) comprehensive, just and fair resolution of the conflict,” Aden said.

    He also said the talks are a calculated attempt by President Bashir’s government to “throw dust in the eyes of the people of Darfur, as well as the international community.”

    Aden said the talks present just a photo opportunity for Khartoum.

    “At the end of the day, they will sign that document and they will bring in other news agencies and they do the p.r. (public relations) thing and that is it, unfortunately. That is why JEM is fighting for our (marginalized) people,” Aden said.

    After signing a peace agreement with the Sudanese government in February, JEM suspended further negotiations after accusing Khartoum of continuing attacks on its positions – a charge the government denies.

    JEM also refused to participate in other peace talks involving LJM saying President Bashir’s government is not interested in finding a lasting solution to the Darfur crisis.

    You May Like

    UN Observes International Day of Peacekeepers

    The U.N. honors 3,400 peacekeepers killed since first mission in 1948

    Video Rolling Thunder Tribute to US Military Turns into a Trump Rally

    Half-million motorcycles are expected to rumble Sunday afternoon from Pentagon to Vietnam War Memorial for rally in event group calls Ride for Freedom

    The Struggle With Painkillers: Treating Pain Without Feeding Addiction

    'Wonder drug' pain medications have turned out to be major problem: not only do they run high risk of addicting the user, but they can actually make patients' chronic pain worse, US CDC says

    This forum has been closed.
    Comments
         
    There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

    By the Numbers

    Featured Videos

    Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
    Chinese-Americans Heart Trump, Bucking National Trendi
    X
    May 27, 2016 5:57 AM
    A new study conducted by three Asian-American organizations shows there are three times as many Democrats as there are Republicans among Asian-American voters, and they favor Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump. But one group, called Chinese-Americans For Trump, is going against the tide and strongly supports the business tycoon. VOA’s Elizabeth Lee caught up with them at a Trump rally and reports from Anaheim, California.
    Video

    Video Chinese-Americans Heart Trump, Bucking National Trend

    A new study conducted by three Asian-American organizations shows there are three times as many Democrats as there are Republicans among Asian-American voters, and they favor Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump. But one group, called Chinese-Americans For Trump, is going against the tide and strongly supports the business tycoon. VOA’s Elizabeth Lee caught up with them at a Trump rally and reports from Anaheim, California.
    Video

    Video Reactions to Trump's Success Polarized Abroad

    What seemed impossible less than a year ago is now almost a certainty. New York real estate mogul Donald Trump has won the number of delegates needed to secure the Republican presidential nomination. The prospect has sparked as much controversy abroad as it has in the United States. Zlatica Hoke has more.
    Video

    Video Drawings by Children in Hiroshima Show Hope and Peace

    On Friday, President Barack Obama will visit Hiroshima, Japan, the first American president to do so while in office. In August 1945, the United States dropped an atomic bomb on the city to force Japan's surrender in World War II. Although their city lay in ruins, some Hiroshima schoolchildren drew pictures of hope and peace. The former students and their drawings are now part of a documentary called “Pictures from a Hiroshima Schoolyard.” VOA's Deborah Block has the story.
    Video

    Video Vietnamese Rapper Performs for Obama

    A prominent young Vietnamese artist told President Obama said she faced roadblocks as a woman rapper, and asked the president about government support for the arts. He asked her to rap, and he even offered to provide a base beat for her. Watch what happened.
    Video

    Video Roots Run Deep for Tunisia's Dwindling Jewish Community

    This week, hundreds of Jewish pilgrims are defying terrorist threats to celebrate an ancient religious festival on the Tunisian island of Djerba. The festivities cast a spotlight on North Africa's once-vibrant Jewish population that has all but died out in recent decades. Despite rising threats of militant Islam and the country's battered economy, one of the Arab world's last Jewish communities is staying put and nurturing a new generation. VOA’s Lisa Bryant reports.
    Video

    Video Meet Your New Co-Worker: The Robot

    Increasing numbers of robots are joining the workforce, as companies scale back and more processes become automated. The latest robots are flexible and collaborative, built to work alongside humans as opposed to replacing them. VOA’s Tina Trinh looks at the next generation of automated employees helping out their human colleagues.
    Video

    Video Wheelchair Technology in Tune With Times

    Technologies for the disabled, including wheelchair technology, are advancing just as quickly as everything else in the digital age. Two new advances in wheelchairs offer improved control and a more comfortable fit. VOA's George Putic reports.
    Video

    Video Baby Boxes Offer Safe Haven for Unwanted Children

    No one knows exactly how many babies are abandoned worldwide each year. The statistic is a difficult one to determine because it is illegal in most places. Therefore unwanted babies are often hidden and left to die. But as Erika Celeste reports from Woodburn, Indiana, a new program hopes to make surrendering infants safer for everyone.
    Video

    Video California Celebration Showcases Local Wines, Balloons

    Communities in the U.S. often hold festivals to show what makes them special. In California, for example, farmers near Fresno celebrate their figs and those around Gilmore showcase their garlic. Mike O'Sullivan reports that the wine-producing region of Temecula offers local vintages in an annual festival where rides on hot-air balloons add to the excitement.
    Video

    Video US Elementary School Offers Living Science Lessons

    Zero is not a good score on a test at school. But Discovery Elementary is proud of its “net zero” rating. Net zero describes a building in which the amount of energy provided by on-site renewable sources equals the amount of energy the building uses. As Faiza Elmasry tells us, the innovative features in the building turn the school into a teaching tool, where kids can't help but learn about science and sustainability. Faith Lapidus narrates.

    Special Report

    Adrift The Invisible African Diaspora