Sudan to sign peace deal with Darfur rebels

The Sudanese government signed an agreement Saturday in N'Djamena with Darfur rebels to help resolve the conflict in the region, said President Omar Hassan al-Bashir.

The rebel group, the Justice and Equality Movement, said the agreement signed Saturday was not a formal peace deal, but only set out terms for negotiations.

A formal framework agreement for a cease-fire with the rebels will be signed next week by the Sudanese government, according to both the rebels and state media.

Bashir said he would cancel death sentences for prisoners who were a part of the rebel group and he would release 30 percent of them immediately, according to Reuters.

According to CNN, Sudan and the Justice and Equality Movement signed a confidence-building agreement last year in Qatar.

Rebel spokesman Ahmed Hussein Adam said the truce would be temporary and dependent on the actions of the Sudanese government.

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