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Darfur rebel group signs treaty in Geneva

Darfur’s main rebel group has signed a humanitarian treaty on child protection with the United Nations.

This content was published on July 21, 2010 - 16:43

Wednesday’s agreement in Geneva makes provision for total access to the rebel zones.

“We signed this agreement to ensure our children may have a safe future, to preserve them from the dangers of war, bombings, looting, while a political resolution of the conflict is blocked,” said Souleymane Mahamat Djamous from the Movement for Justice and Equality.

“We hope to see concrete progress in the next few weeks in order to initiate this agreement,” said Nils Kastberg, director of the United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) in Sudan.

He added that the aim of the treaty was not only to put an end to child recruitment by armed groups, but also to avoid attacks against schools, sexual abuse and facilitate access for humanitarian aid.

“We respect all the rules of international humanitarian law,” Djamous said.

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