World Bulletin / News Desk
Salif Sadio, the leader of Senegal's rebel Movement of Democratic Forces of Casamance (MFDC) faction, has declared a ceasefire in the battle against government forces, saying that he wants to give the peace process initiated by President Macky Sall a chance.
The MFDC had been fighting for an independent state in Senegal's southern Casamance region since 1982, launching campaigns in which thousands of people have been killed over the three-decade period.
Rebels in the region claim that they are fighting against being dominated by the Wolof people - Senegal's biggest ethnic group. The ethnically and religiously mixed Casamance enclave, is cut off from the mostly Muslim mainland Senegal by The Gambia.
The announcement comes after the two sides met in peace talks in Italy, but this is not the first time a ceasefire has been achieved, with previous ceasefires failing to secure a long-term peace.Last Mod: 30 Nisan 2014, 17:03