Some very interesting developments in Darfur today.
President al-Bashir has declared an “immediate” and “unconditional” ceasefire in the Darfur region of Sudan. He claims that he soon will begin disarming militias and restricting “the use of weapons among armed forces.”
Prior ceasefire attempts have failed, but this new call to disengage would appear to be in direct response to the International Criminal Court prosecutor’s recent charges of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity against President Omar Hassan al-Bashir.
It is being reported that rebel groups did not participate in the ceasefire negotiations and have not agreed to comply until “a framework deal that would guarantee the movement’s rights is reached.” But here’s to hoping that the Sudanese government will make good on their commitments and that an agreement can be reached with the rebel groups soon.
In the meantime I’d like to encourage everyone to take a moment to remind President-Elect Obama about his commitment to show “unstinting resolve” in ending the genocide in Darfur.