Zalingei (Dabanga) - Rebel leaders who recently split from the rebel Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM) signed a historic peace agreement for western Jebel Marra with the
Governor of Central Darfur, Jaafar Abdel Hakam, on Sunday.
The peace signatories are prominent members of the SLM led by Abdel Wahid who have only recently announced their defection. Mid El Amin Abdeljabbar El Tahir, known as Toro, was the movement's field commander in western Jebel Marra. Another signatory is a respected founder of the SLM-AW, Abu Jamal Khalil Bakr. The military spokesman Shihabuldin Ahmed Hagar also signed the peace deal with the state government.
In total, about 80 members of the holdout SLM-AW in Jebel Marra have signed the file in Central Darfur on Sunday. Negotiations lasted two days, just after the rebel leaders split from Abdel Wahid El Nur.
State Governor Abdel Hakam enjoyed the full authority of the Sudanese government when he put his signature on the agreement, of which the contents have not been disclosed. The agreement covers Koron area, south of Golo in western Jebel Marra. Koron is close to Sarrong, which witnessed heavy clashes before the Sudanese army captured it from the rebels in April.
A celebration rally in Zalingei welcomed the defected rebel combatants on Sunday. The Governor addressed the crowd, affirming his complete commitment to implement the provisions and the outcomes of the Koron peace agreement.
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