not disbanding pro-government groups
Khartoum, Sudan, Jun. 23 (UPI) --
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir says his decision to disarm armed militias in
the embattled region of Darfur did not include pro-government groups.
He also Wednesday accused unnamed "foreign parties" of
He said Forces of Popular Defense and the Force of Popular Police, which
comprise volunteer militia operating under the orders of the Sudanese Army and
Sudanese police, will not be disbanded.
Disarmament will be limited to the outlawed militias, including the
Janjaweed, which includes militiamen of Arab origin, and African militias which
"are the results of the struggle over the limited natural resources of the
He charged foreign parties are instigating trouble in Eastern Sudan on the
border with Eritrea where camps for training rebels are being set up.
The Sudanese government and the separatist Sudan People's Liberation Army
led by John Garang signed an agreement earlier this month to end the country's
protracted civil war.