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Sudan's leader says he'll push for truce

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June 12, 2007|From Times Wire Reports

Sudan's president pledged to do his best to disarm militias and push for a cease-fire in Darfur, according to a June 4 letter.

The president, Omar Hassan Ahmed Bashir, was responding to a May 24 letter from U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon saying he expected Khartoum and rebel groups to declare a cease-fire and the Sudanese government to disarm militias accused of killing, rape and pillage. Sudan also was to help peacekeepers get equipment into Darfur and speed access for relief groups.

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