Bashir postpones visit to Cairo

Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- President Omar Hassan el-Bashir of Sudan, who was earlier billed to fly to the resort town of Sharm el Sheikh for a meeting Friday with his Egyptian counterpart Hosni Mubarak, has postponed the visit to next week with Cairo sources citing "changes in the schedules" of the two leaders.
The two were to meet to discuss the reconvening of the Arab League summit that failed to hold in Tunis last Monday, following sharp differences on an agenda that focused on reforms in the Arab world within the ambit of the US Greater Middle East Initiative that is prodding countries in the region to promote democracy, human rights and gender equality.
Notwithstanding the explanations from Cairo, Foreign ministry sources in Khartoum said Bashir put his trip on hold because of recent events back here, including what the authorities said was a coup attempt led by the opposition National Popular Congress Party and some military and security officers mostly from the restive western region of Darfur.
Last Wednesday, security forces arrested 72-year-old fundamentalist Hassan el-Turabi and more than 30 other suspects.
Three days earlier, 10 army and security officers were arrested and detained.
The government claimed that the coup plotters hailed from strife- torn Darfur, where two rebel groups protesting marginalisation and human rights abuses have been fighting the government since last October.
More than 10,000 people are thought to have died in just over a year of vicious skirmishes in Darfur between rebels and government-backed militia groups.

03 april 2004 11:13:00

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