Sudanese rebels Return from Ethiopia, Surrender Weapons

Published July 7th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

A group of 49 Sudanese rebels from the opposition Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) army have returned to Sudan from bases in Ethiopia and surrendered their weapons, a press report said Friday. 

The militiamen crossed the border a few days ago into Ghazra in eastern Sudan, Akhbar Al-Yom daily said, following orders from neighboring Ethiopia for all Sudanese opposition groups to leave its territory. 

They were expected to take advantage of a general unconditional amnesty to all government opponents inside and outside Sudan decreed last month by President Omar Bashir. 

Since Ethiopia's order, which appears to be the result of improved relations with Sudan, a further 200 militiamen of the opposition Umma Party have returned to Sudan from their bases there. 

The Umma Party and the DUP are Sudan's two main northern opposition parties, which joined southern rebels in the 17-year-old civil war against Khartoum in 1995. The Umma Party signed peace accords with Khartoum last November and has since declared a ceasefire with the government – KHARTOUM (AFP) 

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