JEM-Sudan deadline on security arrangements
The former rebel Justice and Equality Movement-Sudan (JEM-Sudan) has given the Sudanese government a deadline of 72 hours to clarify the delay of the security arrangements, as stipulated in the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD).
In a press conference in Khartoum on Saturday, the leader of JEM-Sudan, Bakhit Abdallah Abdel Karim, aka Dabajo, demanded the immediate removal of the obstacles stalling the implementation of the DDPD security arrangements. According to the DDPD, the former rebels are to be integrated into the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF), police, and security forces.
JEM-Sudan is signatory of the peace agreement since April 2013. The Liberation and Justice Movement, led by Dr Tijani Sese, signed the DDPD in July 2011.
The JEM-Sudan leader accused leading figures within the government of purposely delaying the implementation. “90 percent of the obstacles to the DDPD implementation are directly caused by the Sudanese government. According to the agreement, JEM-Sudan is entitled to a number of government posts. We have applied for 48 posts, and did not receive any response so far. Besides, 17 JEM-Sudan troops are still being held by government forces.”
The former rebel movement has complained more than once about the government’s “slowness” in implementing the DDPD objectives. They now warn for the consequences if their demands are not met within three days.
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