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May 6, 2023

Agence France-Presse: Darfur Rebels Resume Talks With Khartoum. Darfur's most active rebel group resumed Qatari-brokered talks with Sudanese government officials Wednesday aimed at reaching an agreement for lasting peace in the war-ravaged region. "We have come here with conditions and the desire of the international community to carry out the deal we have signed," JEM spokesman Ahmed Hussein Adam said in Doha. The U.S. envoy to Sudan, Scott Gration, who is due in Khartoum later Wednesday, attended the meeting along with Qatari minister of state for foreign affairs Ahmad bin Abdullah al-Mahmud and U.N. representatives. The JEM last month rebuffed Qatari efforts to broker new peace talks, charging that Khartoum had failed to honour a confidence-building deal in February aimed at paving the way for more substantial peace negotiations.

Agence France-Presse: Sudan-backed rebels enter Chad. Sudanese-backed rebels closed in on a key town in the east of the country Tuesday, said a Chadian minister, as the government denounced its neighbour for breaking a freshly signed peace deal. Hissene, Chad's communications minister, said the rebels had penetrated around 100 kilometres (60 miles) inside Chadian territory and were closing in on the town of Goz Beida. "They are on board several hundred vehicles. We've been tracking their movements since (they left) Sudan." "However, for the moment there has been no contact with government forces," he added. France said Tuesday it was worried about the security of civilians. "We are following with great concern the situation in the east of Chad," foreign ministry spokesman Eric Chevallier told a press conference in which he called on both countries to implement the peace deal. "For the moment, there is no major interruption to humanitarian activities, essential services remain active," said Katy Thiam, a spokeswoman for the UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs, from Abeche.

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