17 January 2013

Sudan: SLM-AW - Reconciliation Initiative Between Rival North Darfur Tribes

Darfur — The Sudan Liberation Movement-Abdel Wahid (SLM-AW) announced launching a reconciliation initiative between the Abbala and Beni Hussein tribes, who have been fighting for over a week now in North Darfur.

Mustafa Tambour, SLM-AW military spokesman, said the movement has been in "intense" contact with the rival parties concerning a reconciliation initiative between them.

He told Radio Dabanga on Wednesday that the aim of the SLM-AW is to overcome "bitterness and reasons for conflicts" sought by the National Congress Party "and attaining social peace and coherence" between Abbala and Beni Hussein.

The spokesman explained that the conflicting parties showed their "consent for the cessation of hostilities and willingness to engage in a negotiated settlement".

According to Tambour, practical steps towards the reconciliation initiative will be taken "in the coming days".

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