Darfur war 'over'

KHARTOUM: “The war in Darfur is over,” President Omar al-Beshir said on Wednesday in a speech in Sudan’s war-torn region, and said that 57 members of a key rebel group, 50 on death row, had been released. Beshir, speaking in El-Fasher, capital of Northern Darfur state, made the announcement a day after his government and the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) signed a ceasefire and agreed to work toward a full peace agreement. “The crisis in Darfur is finished; the war in Darfur is over. Darfur is now at peace,” Beshir said of the seven-year conflict that devastated the region. “The combat of arms is over, and the one of development now begins,” added the president, who is the subject of an arrest warrant from the International Criminal Court for alleged war crimes.