AU body deplores hiccups in Darfur talks

Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- The African Union's Peace and Security Council (PSC) has expressed concern over the "uncompromising" attitude by some protagonists at the Darfur peace talks, adding that the situation slowed the pace of the negotiations underway in Abuja, Nigeria.
In a statement on the situation on the Darfur Tuesday in Sirte, the PSC insisted that the peace talks were the most appropriate mechanism to work out a negotiated and lasting solution to the Darfur problem.
In that respect, the Council reaffirmed its support to the AU Special Envoy, Salim Ahmed Salim, from Tanzania, who is mediating the fifth round of peace talks between the Sudanese warring factions in Abuja.
The talks resumed on 10 June.
The PSC also commended the role played by Chad and other African facilitators as well as the contribution of the observers sent by development partners, urging them to strongly support the mediator and to do the best they can to encourage the parties to "seriously" work towards a quick conclusion of a comprehensive agreement.
It called on all parties to fully cooperate with the mediator and to negotiate in good faith with an acute sense of urgency and in a spirit of mutual concession and compromise to reach a lasting solution to the conflict.
Likewise, the Council called on AU member states to provide both financial and logistical means to support the AU Mission in Sudan (AMIS).
The PSC congratulated all countries, which pledged military contingents, for their commitment to deploy additional troops needed to reach the new numbers recently set at 7,731 men.
It also invited AU partners to provide the additional financial resources required to bridge the financial gap in the funding of the AMIS operations.

05 july 2005 21:45:00




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