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May 27, 2023

Bloomberg: Darfur Rebels, Sudan Seek Cease-Fire of Three to Six Months. Sudan's government and the most active rebel group in Darfur will try to reach a three- to six- month cease-fire in the western region, where fighting intensified this month, the state-run Sudan News Agency said. The Doha talks between the government and the rebels, part of a series involving both sides that began in February, follows two attacks by JEM on garrison towns in northwestern Darfur that prompted the government to respond with air strikes. Under U.S. pressure, JEM reluctantly returned to talks May 6, after pulling out in March, arguing that the Sudanese government violated a "goodwill" agreement signed in February. The U.S. special envoy to Sudan, Scott Gration, arrived in Doha yesterday to meet other diplomats and "discuss a way forward on the Darfur peace process," Judith Ravin, spokeswoman for the U.S. Embassy in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, said today in a telephone interview. Gration is to meet with the joint United Nations-African Union mediator, Djibril Bassole, and counterparts from China, the European Union, France, Russia and the U.K.

Reuters: Sudan tribesmen attack security force, scores killed. Scores of people were killed when 3,000 armed Arab tribesmen on horseback attacked security forces in Sudan's oil-producing Southern Kordofan region on Tuesday, tribal sources and officials said. Sudan's Interior Ministry said the security forces were attacked close to the town of Meiram soon after arriving to try to prevent a fresh outbreak of fighting between warring Misseriya and Rizeigat nomads. The clashes were a reminder of the tense political situation in Southern Kordofan, which borders both the strife-torn Darfur region and southern Sudan, where tensions are still simmering four years after the end of a civil war with the north. The government raised the political temperature in Southern Kordofan earlier this month by naming a new governor -- Ahmed Haroun, a divisive figure distrusted by local residents and wanted by the International Criminal Court for alleged war crimes in Darfur.

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