Darfur peace process chronology (as of 18 January 2012)

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30 December: Chadian President Idriss Deby becomes engaged to the daughter of Musa Hilal, a prominent ‘janjaweed’ leader in Darfur.

1 January: In a formal letter, the SRF coalition asks the National Consensus Forces (NCF), a Khartoum-based political opposition coalition pursuing political change by peaceful means, to abandon the political track in favour of a unified armed struggle with the SRF. The NCF consists of a variety of Sudanese opposition political parties, including the Popular Congress Party (PCP) and the NUP.

3 January: Sudan’s intelligence chief, Mohammed Atta, claims to have evidence linking PCP leader Hassan al Turabi to the SRF in planning a coup.

10 January: President Bashir issues three decrees further to DDPD implementation that create two new states, Central and Eastern, and appoint three governors.