A delegation of the splinter faction from the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) composed of 31 people arrived in Doha, Qatar, on Friday, 19 October, Radio Dabanga has learned.
The delegation is headed by Mohamed Bashar Ahmed Abdel Rahman and his deputy Arko Togot Dahiya, the spokesman for the military council of the movement Wafi Bashar, told Radio Dabanga.
He added the delegation, which includes field commanders, was invited by the prince of Qatar and by the international mediation team, composed by the UN and by the African Union.
Bashar said the group met with a Qatari minister, Abdullah al-Mahmoud, and that they discussed about the latest developments regarding the peace process in Darfur.
The spokesman said that al-Mahmoud once again asked them to join the Doha peace process. He added that Aichatou Mindaoudou, acting UNAMID chief, thanked the delegation for accepting the invitation to go to Doha and said that this would move the international community again towards the Darfur issue.
On the other hand, Wafi denied the delegation went to Doha to negotiate or sign a peace agreement, but to explain internal issues about the group and about the situation in Darfur.
Wafi said the mediators asked the group to join the Doha document. However, the head of the delegation said the Doha document does not tackle all of the Darfur issues and that his movement has reservations against some files of the document.
Other reasons as to why the splinter group denied to join the Doha document is because refugees and displaced are still living in camps, the security situation in Darfur is dire and a number of Darfuris are still detained by the regime in Khartoum.
Mohamed Bashar Ahmed said that if the mediators want the group to join the Doha document, the agreement must be renegotiated.
JEM played down visit
For its part, JEM played down the splinter group's visit to Doha and asserted that both movements are unrelated to each other, Jibril Adam Bilal, JEM spokesman told Radio Dabanga.
He said the group's visit to Qatar confirms this group's wished to join the National Congress Party (NCP).
Bilal asserted the NCP still commits crimes in Darfur, using the latest attacks against UNAMID forces as an example.
He expected the splinter group to shortly join the NCP in exchange for jobs.