Muslim on Muslim killings in the western Darfur region of Sudan have become the next roadblock to peace in the country. After two decades of civil war, Sudan seemed near to a peace settlement between the Northern Muslim government and the Christian and animist South, which occupies oil-rich areas in the upper Nile. A cease-fire was signed between the North and South in October 2002, but the North has repeatedly violated it. President Bush also signed the Sudan Peace Act in 2002, which required the U.S. government to act if Sudan did not begin to negotiate peace within six months. Over two million people have died as a result of the war.
What some are calling a genocide campaign in the Darfur region has further stalled the peace process. On the 10-year anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, many are urging the U.S. to put a stop to the Khartoum government's killing. The government is arming Arab Muslim militias and encouraging them to destroy villages and kill black Muslims in Darfur.
According to The Washington Times, the conflicts between North and South and in Darfur are connected:
Sudanese Ambassador Khidir Haroun Ahmed told The Washington Times in an interview at his embassy last week that "the two phenomena are related." He said that "the people in Darfur saw the approaching settlement [between Khartoum and the southern rebels] as leaving them out of things."
The ambassador acknowledged that the western uprising posed dangers for peace in Sudan. "How can you make peace, when it is not a comprehensive peace at all because part of ...1
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