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Darfur: JEM leader under house arrest in Libya

The Libyan security forces maintain the house arrest of Khalil Ibrahim, leader of the rebel Movement for Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) in Darfur, said Amin Hassan Omar, head of the Sudanese delegation to peace talks Doha.

“He did not even allow to go to Sudan and Qatar -where the negotiations stand,” he said on a radio station in Sudan.

Previously, local media had reported that the leader of the insurgents, which depends on the outcome of negotiations in Darfur, was ill and hospitalized in Tripoli.

Khalil Ibrahim has found refuge in Libya in May 2010. Despite repeated requests from Khartoum to force the head of JEM to attend talks in Qatar, Libya has refused to meet the demands of the Sudanese authorities.

On 14 July, the Sudanese government and the Liberation Movement and Justice (another Darfur rebel group) signed a peace agreement.

An armed conflict between Darfurian rebel groups and government troops erupted in February 2003. According to the UN, fighting, disease and famine have killed about 300,000 in the province.The Sudanese authorities have reported10,000 deaths.

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