KHARTOUM, March 24 (Xinhua) -- Sudanese Interior Minister Ibrahim Mahmoud has requested the Interpol to arrest leaders of the rebel movements in Sudan's Darfur region, Khartoum Almeghar Alsyasi daily reported.
The paper quoted the minister as saying that "the Darfur rebels are criminals that must be pursued by the Interpol and brought to justice."
Mahmoud further urged the rebel movements to join the peace negotiations, adding that the rebels targeted the citizens and engaged in criminal behavior for which they should be punished, according to the report.
He also noted that all the Darfur people are rejecting the rebellion.
Three Darfur rebel movements are rejecting to sit down at the negotiation table with the Sudanese government including the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), the Sudan Liberation Army ( SLA)/Abdul-Wahid Mohamed Nur faction and the SLA/Minni Minawi faction.
The three movements have recently formed an alliance with the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM)/northern sector- the revolutionary front alliance- with the aim to topple the government.
The African Union Peace and Security Council has recently urged the Darfur armed movements to join the negotiations to reach a peaceful settlement for the conflict in the region.