Sudan’s government and the Sudan Revolutionary Front, a coalition of rebel groups from the western region of Darfur and the southern states of South Kordofan and Blue Nile agreed on a peace deal on Monday to end 17 years of conflict. Al Jazeera reports that the final agreement covers key issues around security, land ownership, transitional justice, power sharing, and the return of people who fled their homes because of war. It also provides for the dismantling of rebel forces and the integration of their fighters into the national army and is seen as a significant step in the transitional leadership’s goal of resolving multiple, deep-rooted civil conflicts.